October 8, 2019
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”
It seems that wherever you go there are good people who have stopped achieving because someone told them they would fail. Too many of us let negative comments keep us from doing more. While there are negative thinkers telling us all the reasons nothing can be done there are folks doing it.
While I listen to the critics, I don’t let them keep me from trying to do what I can. In fact I am at the age where I don’t pay too much attention to the chronic complainers. My life has been filled with experiences where I accomplished more than I thought possible.
The other day I got something written by Jon Gordon that I want to share with you. I have edited some but kept the main points,
7 WAYS TO DEAL WITH NAYSAYERS
Anyone who has ever pursued a goal or dream, attempted to start a new business, worked on an innovative project, shared a new idea, strived to be a champion or tried to change the world has faced naysayers along the way.
I want to share 7 Ways to Deal with Naysayers to help you create your future.
- Ignore them – Simply ignore what they are saying. Tune them out. Of course, you want to receive feedback that will make you better but you want to ignore people and words that seek to derail you from your goal.
- Hear them and know their words have no power over you – The power inside you is much greater than the words of a naysayer.
- Remember Gandhi’s advice “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
- Remind yourself that history doesn’t remember the critic. History remembers the one who withstood criticism to accomplish something great. Critics write words but they don’t write the future. You do with your faith, belief and actions.
- Your faith and belief must be greater than all the negativity and doubt – You must expect criticism but have an even greater expectation that you will overcome it. Your positivity must be greater than all the negativity. It may sound cliché but you must stay positive each day as you work to improve and create your future.
- Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their DIRTY TWEET – Don’t let praise go to your head or let critics in your head.
- Decide to work harder and get better. – We can allow negative comments to weaken us or fuel us. I don’t believe in trying to prove people wrong. But I do believe in working hard to become the best you can be. So consider each negative comment as a nudge to work harder and get better.
“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
Woman phones up her husband at work for a chat.
Husband: “I’m sorry dear, but I’m up to my neck in work today.”
Wife: “But I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you, dear.”
Husband: “Okay, darling, but as I’ve got very little time now, so just give me the good news.”
Wife: “Well, the air bag works.”
Familiarity breeds children.
The insurance salesman was trying to persuade a housewife to take out a life insurance policy. “Now supposing your husband were to die,” he said, “what would you get?”
“Oh, a Labrador, I think,” replied the housewife. “They’re always good company!”
“Oh, No!” he gasped as he surveyed the disaster before him. Never in his 40 years of life had he seen anything like it. How anyone could have survived he did not know.
He could only hope that somewhere amid the overwhelming destruction he would find his 16-year-old son. Only the slim hope of finding Danny kept him from turning and fleeing the scene. He took a deep breath and proceeded.
Walking was virtually impossible with so many things strewn across his path. He moved ahead slowly.
“Danny! Danny!” he whispered to himself. He tripped and almost fell several times. He heard someone, or something, move. At least he thought he did. Perhaps, he was just hoping he did. He shook his head and felt his gut tighten.
He couldn’t understand how this could have happened. There was some light but not enough to see very much. Something cold and wet brushed against his hand. He jerked it away.
In desperation, he took another step then cried out, “Danny!”
From a nearby pile of unidentified material, he heard his son. “Yes, Dad,” he said, in a voice so weak it could hardly be heard.
“It’s time to get up and get ready for school,” the man sighed, “and, for heaven’s sake, clean up this room.”
When a customer left his cell phone in my store, I scrolled through his saved numbers, stopped at “Mom” and pushed Send.
His mother answered and I told her what happened.
“Don’t worry,” she said. “I’ll take care of it.”
A few minutes later, the cell phone rang. It was “Mom.”
“Martin,” she said. “You left your cell phone at the convenience store.”
It’s bad luck to be superstitious.
My broker called me this morning and said, “Remember that stock we bought and I said you’d be able to retire at age 65?”
“Yes, I remember,” I said.
“Well,” my broker continued, “your retirement age is now 108.”
“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”
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