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How much can one complaint affect your behaviour?
Even in a situation where you have overwhelming support, how easy is it to let one, vocal naysayer affect your action going forward?
There’s no question we can learn and grow from negative comments, but how much credence is fair to give one comment?
Greek physicist, Archimedes, in the second century B.C. formed theories and practices about centers of gravity. Basically the theories state that in any system of particles, there is a specific location at which the whole system’s mass behaves as though it was concentrated. If you act upon the centre point, you are likely to act upon the whole body.
Your natural, physical centre of gravity – known as the lower dantien – is just below your naval.
It’s your power centre.
You have the ability to shift your centre of gravity, but in essence, this is its natural home.
I’m drawing a parallel, though, between Archimedes’ findings and our non-physical being in this way.
When we put our best self out there and criticism arrives, it can feel like we just got punched in the gut.
But allowing feedback – positive or negative – to change our driver shouldn’t be an emotional decision.
Aha – assess feedback based on its congruency with your centre
Typically people will say that they qualify comments or feedback based on who it comes from.
That’s a good start but know that good criticism can come from anyone, anytime.
The crucial aspect is asking if the comment applies to your centre – your goal and purpose – before you embrace and act upon it.
Keep in mind that anyone offering feedback is doing so through their filters, conditioning and perspective.
You’re the only one who knows YOU like you do.
Be open to possibility thinking staying the course of your pure potential.
Especially when shift hits the fan.
My thanks to Mark Bowden, author: Winning Body Language, for inspiring this Aha