“Focus your time on things that matter and people who care” - James Dallas
People who are trying to make a positive difference in their life and in the lives of others all have one thing in common—critics: The bigger the difference, the greater the critics.
Success is based on how you handle your critics. Specifically, do you have the ability to focus on your dreams instead of on the naysayers? Indeed, the ability to stay focused was the hardest, most difficult leadership lesson I’ve learned in my life. I used to spend way too much time and energy thinking about and responding to my critics. My life changed and my career took off when I learned how to not let what they said and how they said it bother me. You’ve heard about this very simple, but yet very effective, technique for your entire life. It’s a case of mind over matter. In other words, “I didn’t mind because they didn’t matter.” That mindset allowed me to stay focused on my goals and spend time with people who were supporting them instead of discouraging them.
In closing, always remember that the number one goal of critics is for you to engage them and disengage with your purpose. Don’t fall into that trap because doing so not only drains you, but also takes valuable time away from your supporters and pursuing your goals. Focus your mind and spend your time on things that matter and people who care.