Saturday, December 15, 2012

Try this...

Day in and day out income across people who are very critical.  Criticism has its place but the "critic" better have experienced some things first.  As a teacher and a coach, I make sure I've done everything I ask of them. Projects, homework, tests? Did them. Football practice, animals walks, heavy weights. Check.  It is hard to ask someone to do something you can't do or haven't done. 
To me, nothing is more annoying then when someone criticizes another without experiencing. As a coach, this happens all the time. That kicker sucks, the offense line needs to block, run the ball harder, he should've caught that and on and on.  Few people have actually done what they are so quick to judge others on. 

Recently, I've noticed a change of critics tune to question people's heart. Wussification of America as they call it.  But when you get down to it, most have never attempted it. "That kid on the football field has no heart. He's a wuss.  What happened to the good ole days?"  Has this person experienced that level of competition? Played that position? Understood the preparation? In my research, they have no room to talk.  Don't be one of those guys.

1.  Experience as much as you can.

Not so you can criticize others, but you can appreciate their struggles.  What have you always wanted to try?  What has been holding you back?  I know you can't try everything but let's broaden our horizons

2.  "Quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand."  

Take a step back.  Are you overweight and out of shape talking trash about those who are moving in the right direction.  Been stuck in the same job and not moving up the ranks, but ripping those on top?  C'mon man...

3.  Can you give some solid advise?

One of the best ways to help a person is give them some advise from your experiences.  When they ask for it.  Do you have some tips on a certain exercise or lift?  Nutrition tricks they might not heard of?  Sometimes hearing one things can lead to changes that make all the difference in the world.  

Now that you have done more, try helping more.  No one has ever done much complaining from the sidelines.  Help one person do something they thought was impossible and see how it goes.

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