Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Overcoming Being a Critic

I recently read through an article from Chris Brady's blog.
He wrote an article about the Tim Tebow mania that's happening right now with him starting for the Denver Broncos. He points out the many critics who can't find anything good to say about him. Below is a portion of his article.
"Tebow's play seemed to justify the claims of the critics. He missed wide-open receivers. He overthrew easy passes. He fumbled. He got sacked in the backfield. He rolled up terrible statistics the likes of which no NFL quarterback could expect to post and still retain his job. All the while the critics howled with their "I told you so's." However, one thing Tebow did was win. In fact, his whole team seemed to start playing better. The defense stepped up to an unbelievable level. Receivers started making stupendous catches. Running backs started nearly defying gravity. And Tebow himself seemed to come alive when the pressure was the greatest and pull victory out of the jaws of defeat - several times.
I am writing this article a bit early. Although Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos have won four out of the last five games, anything could still happen and they could end up at the bottom of their division. Their near-miss wins could easily start turning to losses, and if that happens, I have no doubt whatsoever the critics will have a field day once again.
None of that matters, however, because Tebow has already proven something extremely valuable, namely, that while people talk about lack of skill they should never underestimate the power of will. What Tim Tebow brings is leadership. He has that special ability to energize a team of players to each perform at their very own personal best. He inspires, instills confidence, and makes those around him believe that anything can happen if they just have faith. While the statistics bemoan his performance, Tebow proves again and again that there are some components in victory that can't be measured. There are intangibles to greatness that come from deep within, that defy the odds and mystify prognosticators, and that just simply can't be contained.
Leadership matters.
Character matters.
Attitude matters.
The will to win matters.
Critics, however, don't matter.
Tebow has shown all this and more. I personally hope he keeps on winning in his unconventional way, in front of the NFL experts who so haughtily claimed "That's not the way it's done here." The world needs to understand that unconventional doesn't mean wrong, inadequate, or below grade. Unconventional just may mean revolutionary. 
They said Tim Tebow wasn't ready for the NFL.
Perhaps the NFL wasn't ready for Tim Tebow."
I can't get over this. I love it. Leadership matters, character matters, attitude matters, but just like Chris Brady says, critics don't. They don't matter. It doesn't matter if you're playing football, becoming a better person or employee, or building a business. They don't matter.
As much as we say critics don't matter....Critics hurt. Critics destroy. How can we be mindful of our words and actions so that we do not become critics with our spouses or critics with our kids? Critics with our parents or siblings? Or even critics with our friends? I know for me, the LIFE information has helped me be less of a critic. I'm not saying I'm cured of my criticism habit, but I'm saying it's gotten a lot better after getting better information. What is it that you like most about the LIFE information, is it the books, cd's or the association?


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