Why Your Critics (And Your Cheerleaders) Shouldn’t Define You

Truly loving sharing John Pavlovitz’s posts…

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Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.
 – Groucho Marx.

Though we might not verbalize it quite this way, most of us split the world up into two distinct groups of people: our Critics and our Cheerleaders.

The former are usually the ones who correct or criticize or attack us the most, whose words tend to feel more like weapons.

The latter, are those who are often the source of sweet compliment or praise or support. Their words sound like a love song to our ears.

We do a pretty good job of fitting most of the people we know and encounter into one of those camps and if we’re honest, we allow ourselves to be largely defined by both our critics and our cheerleaders; placing far too great a weight to either group.

For a people who more and more live lives designed for public consumption, we can’t…

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