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Are You Strong Enough To Handle Success?

Our vision “That all human beings discover their full potential” is cool and all but what happens when we do? When we discover our full potential and start the process of working towards it, we end up in this place called, “success”. For most, achieving success is everything we’ve ever dreamt of, however for others what comes with it is not only unexpected but unwelcome. This ugly entity has a name. It is called, ‘The Critics’.

There are two types of criticism that will surely confront you as you rise to ever higher levels of success. They are constructive criticism and personal criticism. Constructive criticism will occur when a colleague, teacher, coach or mentor may give you their opinion based out of experience to assist you in a situation. If you understand that they have your best interest at heart, then you can use it as motivation to get back on track. Most of the time they have a vested interest in your becoming successful.

If you don’t understand the valuable role that this insight can provide, then you will never grow as a person and unconsciously thwart your ability to achieve your goals, dreams and desires.

The other criticism that you will have to deal with is ‘personal criticism’. Personal criticism can be easily avoided by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing. Mediocre people (The best of the worst, worst of the best, and cream of the crap) play it safe and avoid criticism at all cost. Champions however, risk criticism every time they get on the court of life and play. The more you do, the more you accomplish, and the more you’ll risk being criticized.

If you are successful, people will be jealous of and criticize you. Don’t let that distract you from reaching your goal. It’s easy to criticize other people, but it’s hard to duplicate their efforts. Critics aren’t the leaders or doers in life. The leaders and doers in life are too busy with their own accomplishments to criticize.

Self confidence is very important. It builds a foundation of courage that allows you to take risks to be better than average. The road to the top is not easy, but if you have confidence in yourself, you’ll make it. When you reach your intended goal – be proud. You earned it and paid the price to get there. You deserved to win because you worked harder, are more disciplined, and sacrificed more than the others.

There is in interesting connection in life between being a consistent winner and an increase in criticism. There will always be a critic; they are your constant companions. The next time you’re criticized picture a loud obnoxious beer drinker who has all the answers once the play is over. Most have never even played the game their criticizing? The more confidence you have in yourself, the less you’re bothered by the critics.

While success is something every human being wants, it creates an entirely new set of pressure and challenges. Not everyone handles success well. When you achieve a lot of success, whether it is personally or collectively, there is always someone trying to take you down. The key to staying on top is your ability to handle the pressure and constant challenges. With success comes an expectation level and standards that can’t be compromised.

When victory is achieved, the feeling can be overwhelming. It’s important to keep your common sense and be gracious. If you are part of a team and you must talk, praise your opponents and your teammates. Never brag about yourself. Stand for something greater than you. For us here at Chiro One it is our Vision. Live it well and make a difference in the world. I know you’re strong enough to handle it!