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Opinions and Their Worth

Opinions do matter. To say they don’t is to argue against the way in which society works for most of us. Our outputs will be judged, perhaps we will be evaluated on those outputs for our employments or for the consumption of others. However, we aren’t always fully in control of those factors. It’s why good people will lose their jobs at times (I come from the world of coaching where loads of good people are affected by injuries and circumstances they had no control over).

Opinions don’t matter when it comes to your personal evaluation. Can you look at yourself and say that your priorities are in the right place, that your time was spent wisely, that you put in the effort that your endeavor required? Then don’t allow the opinions of others to sway how you view yourself and your task. People are allowed to judge the outcome but that doesn’t mean that their judgement of you as a person and whatever role are in should have an effect on how you view yourself and the work that you put in.

People are allowed to judge the outcome but that doesn’t mean that their judgement of you as a person and whatever role are in should have an effect on how you view yourself and the work that you put in.

There are a lot of opinions out there. The people with the strongest opinions are often the people most willing to let you know them. You have to hold a strong opinion of yourself in order to battle against the mental stress that the opinions of others will have. Yes, you will make mistakes and won’t always get everything right. There will always be people to remind you when they believe you have not done something the way they feel it should have been done. Take that as it is: an evaluation of one task. That is not an evaluation of you as a person or even of you as a ________ (parent, employee, writer, athlete, etc). I have done my best to tell the athletes that I have worked with that failure is part of sport. The real judgement comes with whether you were prepared and failed because failure happens or whether you failed because your were unprepared. The same holds true of life.

I have done my best to tell the athletes that I have worked with that failure is part of sport. The real judgement comes with whether you were prepared and failed because failure happens or whether you failed because your were unprepared. The same holds true of life.

Our actions have consequences. At times we are in control of those consequences. At times we are not. The one thing you are in control of is how you view the effort and energy that you have given to what you have done. If you poured yourself into your task and gave everything you could possibly give then you can look back with pride and know you did everything you could regardless of the reactions and consequences.

Be wise. You have a limited amount of time. Everything you take on in family life, hobbies, and work life will take time from something else. Set your priorities and don’t let anything infringe upon those

Be encouraged. You may not always be in control of all the factors but you are in control of yourself. Choose what you give yourself to and, when you make that decision, give everything you have. Rest in the fact that you did everything you could.

Be inspired. Your limitations are not the opinions of other people or the judgements of the loud few. Your capabilities go far beyond what you typically give yourself credit for. If you put your heart and soul into what you do not only will you be able to rest in how you did what you did, but you will leave a lasting impact on more people than you ever thought possible.

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