INSPIRATIONAL: Missed shots and accepting criticism

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83 Keep Your Head Up Quotes (+ My 3 Favorite Tips for Tough Times)
By Henrik Edberg Updated October 29, 2021 

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Sometimes life is simply tough. And it is hard to stay motivated and to keep a positive mindset.

So in the first part of today’s post I’d like to share 83 of the most powerful quotes that will help you to keep your head up, reload your motivation and to keep going even through difficult days.

And in the second part I’m going to share 3 of my favorite tips that have helped me many times through dark or uncertain times.

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

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2. Learn from criticism but remember that all criticism you get is not about you.

When you get criticized, don’t just dismiss it. Instead, first ask yourself questions like:

  • Can I learn something from this piece of criticism?
  • Is there perhaps actually something here that I may not want to hear but that could help me to improve?
  • Remain clear-headed, open and take a couple of minutes to figure out if there is something here that can help you.

But also keep in mind that all criticism you get will not be helpful. And some of what people may tell you are simply attacks.

What can you do then?

Well, what works for me is to kindly remind myself that criticism isn’t always about me.

Because in real life people will have a bad day or month. Some will – at least at this point in time – hate some part of their life or not be well.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that from Halloween to Saint Patrick’s Day is my “blue period”.  Too many reminders of sad date, “celebrations”, and past mistakes.

I learned from my sainted Mother to forgive myself of all my sins of omission and commission after a year.  On her deathbed after 6 decades, she still was regretting who she picked as my father.  Little did she know that she had caused me to formulate a heuristic (a big word for “rule of thumb” or approximation), “Less than a year, it’s a mistake; more than a tear, it’s a lesson”.  Still in all it’s hard for me to believe that I was that stupid, made that many mistakes, and | or missed so many opportunities.

Well here’s a good quote and a great tactic.  Maybe you can teach old dog’s new tricks.

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