This tip is from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)
I know you are good. I know you are smart. I know you have accomplished a lot. But I also know you can get better. I know you have a lot more to learn. I know you must get better.
Being receptive to constructive “coaching” is a sign of an intelligent person regardless of their age and/or experience. It is important to understand the difference between “criticism” and “coaching.” They are not the same. Criticism has no apparent benefit. It is a verbal attempt at headlining one’s shortcomings, usually for the enjoyment of the person doing the criticizing.
I don’t spot many uplifting words in that definition, do you?
A coach has your well being in mind.
Webster’s dictionary defines criticism as: “the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding.”
Being coachable, on the other hand, implies one is willing and able to accept constructive input in an effort to better one’s performance. The “coach” has the well being of the one being “coached” in mind. The one being “coached” is a competitor by definition, and will do what needs doing in order to improve his or her performance.
To reach your maximum potential, it is essential that you find people who are genuinely interested in helping you. It is in your best interest that you find a “coach,” and then show the “coach” that you are receptive to his/her advice, suggestions, recommendations, and observations.
Their input should not, and must not, be construed as criticism, but rather a verbal sign of genuine interest in improving overall performance. You must appreciate the fact that you are, and will continue to be, a “work-in-progress”…and that there will always be room for improvement. The key is to acknowledge and accept this input from caring individuals.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not overlooking the importance of applause and the need for positive acknowledgment. At times, honey does indeed attract more flies. There is definitely room for both praise and correction in a competitor’s life.
The fact remains: Your mission is to improve and not simply bask in past accomplishments. Onward and upward. Keep working on yourself.
|This is just one of the tips Mike Marchev offers High School Graduates who are preparing to enter a world that does not care if they succeed or fail. Do your son, daughter, niece, nephew or next-door neighbor a favor by presenting them with their own copy of 21 Life Changing Tips For The College Bound High School Graduate.
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