I love this quote by Theodore Roosevelt.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
It can be related to so many areas of our lives. Sometimes we’re so scared to take the plunge because we’re scared of what others might think. There are so many ‘experts’ out there. There will always be someone in your life that thinks they know how to live your life better than you do.
In the last few years my sister has taught me the art of extreme self-care after she had a health scare a few years ago she’s been on a massive journey of self-development and learning how to best look after herself. There have been many critics along the way, but she has kept at it and now her health is better than it’s ever been and even more excitingly, she's having her first baby!
Some people believe that they know best because that’s the only way they know how. So many of people’s opinions are just learnt behaviour, but when you ask them the reason they believe something is the best way, they often can’t answer.
The same goes for you when you want to make a change in your life. Is there a particular way you have been doing something forever? Is it still working or does it need an overhaul?
We can’t expect to get different results if we are still doing things in the same way.
Today and from now on…mix it up.