While each and every one of these fears are real and destructive and none of them should be in our lives we have to remember that they are just a state of mind as Hill tells us. One of them stands out to me in particular this time and that is the fear of criticism.
Here are a couple of things that Hill says about that fear and what he said really resonates with me because someone close to me has had a personal experience with this. “Criticism is the one form of service, of which everyone has too much. Everyone has a stock of it which is handed out, gratis, whether called for or not. One’s nearest relatives often are the worst offenders. It should be recognized as a crime (in reality it is a crime of the worst nature), for any parent to build inferiority complexes in the mind of a child, through unnecessary criticism. Employers who understand human nature, get the best there is in men, not by criticism, but by constructive suggestion. Parents may accomplish the same results with their children. Criticism will plant FEAR in the human heart, or resentment, but it will not build love or affection.”
And one more “The fear of criticism robs man of his initiative, destroys his power of imagination, limits his individuality, takes away his self reliance, and does him damage in a hundred other ways. Parents often do their children irreparable injury by criticizing them.” As Hill says these fears are just a state of mind but they are very real to a young child depending on a parent for their physical needs until they can get away and the damage done takes some time to overcome but the good news is that we do have control of our thoughts and can reprogram our minds for the outcome we want. Then we can have that state of mind that we desire.
How many times have we said something to someone and then fretted over what if we said the wrong thing or they took it the wrong way? How many times have we worried about “offending someone” by offering them a great product or opportunity? It seems to me that we have to work on creating that state of mind that we desire by adopting Michael’s philosophy that it doesn’t matter what others think about me, the only thing that matters is what I think about myself and I am working hard on doing just that.
Thank you thank you thank you Linda and Michael Dlouhy for all you do for us and for believing in us and for all the people who downloaded the ebook. Thanks for all my mastermind partners all over the world who are becoming a family.