Have you ever been hounded by someone who was a constant critic of almost everything you do? Regardless of what you do, it is wrong in their eyes. Their criticism is persistent, ruthless and harsh.
That persistent critic reminds me of a story:
Once there was a farmer who advertised his ‘frog farm’ for sale. The farm, he claimed, had a pond filled to the brim with fine bullfrogs.
When a prospective buyer appeared, the farmer asked him to return that evening so he might hear the frogs in full voice. When the buyer returned, he was favorably impressed by the symphony of enchanting melodies springing from the pond. He bought the farm on the spot.
A few weeks later, the new owner decided to drain the pond so that he could catch and market the plentiful supply of frogs. To his amazement, when the water was drained from the pond, he found that one loudmouth bullfrog had made all the noise.
That story may reflect the person who relentlessly criticizes you. Don’t allow the critical noise of one, or even a few, ‘bullfrogs’ keep you from doing what you need to do.
Maybe it’s time to gig that frog and move on. However, before you grab your multi-pronged spear and start gigging, consider exactly where the noise of that one old bullfrog is coming from. Many times, we are our own “loudmouth bullfrog” and we’re obstinate in our own self-criticism.
Aren’t we the most critical of ourselves? If you want to close the gap between who you are and who you want to become, you must learn to forgive yourself for your own gaffes. Find peace within yourself so you can enjoy living and become the person you want to be.
Give yourself a break! That is just one tip from Quit Drifting, Lift the Fog, and Get Lucky. Order your copy today on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CornerStoneLeadership, or through your local bookstore, to read more about what you can do to become the person you want to be.