“The need to criticize belies a longing for recognition, appreciation, and validation. None of which, however, can be obtained through criticism.”
This is a segment of a quote from Mike Dooley I read recently and it leads me to reflect on the way people are currently supporting each other through this challenging time, which is encouraging, however, there still appears to be the need to blame and criticise. I’m seeing wonderful examples of people giving of their time and resources to help. Sadly there are also examples of those who are taking advantage of how this situation can benefit them. There are also those who choose the victim path.
It’s a mindset thing. Are you being reactive or proactive right now? Are you seeking help if you need it (please do), or offering help where you can?
Let go of the need to criticise (yourself as well as others) and look at how you can change the situation – how you can think differently about it. How you can act differently in a way that can have a positive impact.
Simply because some of our “world leaders” are not behaving in a way which appears to support a good conclusion to this Pandemic, there is no need to take on their mindset. That’s a choice.
Tim Collings from 4i Leadership Group spoke about leaders ‘stepping forward’ and showing their true colours. Tim says: “How do the great leaders at a political level respond to circumstances like these? What I see is leaders showing their true colours. Showing who they are and how they lead in the full glare of scrutiny, stress and pressure. There is simply nowhere to hide with the pace and depth of the change that’s being experienced today.”
Many people in leadership are stepping up and showing how things can change, can be better, can be resolved. These people may be world leaders, community leaders or simply family leaders – but all are important.
It is refreshing to see people consider their choices and make some good ones. So – what choices are you making?
How are you showing up?