Attending to the voices that matter
“Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you will never be criticised.”
Elbert Hubbard, in John North Willys
Who’s on your list? Who’s in your inner circle of trust? Who matters when it comes to the flurry of opinions that get expressed in response to something you do?
In a world that is increasingly exposed to communal assessment, are you putting in the work to ensure you’re unshackled of the trolls, the critics and the unhelpful?
Whether it is the peer-review assessment of that paper you’ve been working on for years; that appraisal with a manager that doesn’t fully support and back your work; or someone who gives a thumbs down on that YouTube video you feature on…perhaps in the back of your notebook or a note on your phone keep a list of people whose opinion really matters when it comes to evaluating your performance. Make a pre-emptive strike at any upcoming exposure, so you’re able to manage your response to the responses. Attend to those opinions you trust and to those you’re trying to serve, not those that are the most intense!
If you’re aspiring to an ambitious goal, if you’re aspiring to quality and if you’re attempting to add value to other peoples’ lives that has some public exposure – you’re not going to please all the people all of the time. So, get on the front foot, manage their opinions before they’re expressed – so that you’re better able to continue to drive at your mission.
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”
John Lydgate

About steveingham

Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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