For starters, no one likes to be corrected.

You probably began rejecting correction early in life. Kids don’t want to be told what to do; teenagers think they know it all…and often, we adults are simply overgrown kids in this respect.

There is this mindset we carry that says, “I know what I’m doing!”

If only we did know.

Far too often I’ve been the one who rejected considerate correction from those who honestly sought only my good.

Why do we do this?

  • Maybe it’s a desire to prove ourselves.
  • It could be a competitive spirit.
  • We may even hope to have something to be proud of.

After making so many mistakes I’ve lost count, finally I’ve come to the conclusion that correction is in my best interest.

Now, this doesn’t make correction any more pleasant or enjoyable; and constructive criticism still feels like it deconstructs us a little. In the end, though, if you can learn to set your personal feelings aside, you will gain tremendous benefit from being corrected.

There was this one time, when I used to work in a baby food factory, that I dropped a huge pallet of empty glass jars while carrying them with my forklift.

We had just received brand new forklifts…and they were fast. So much faster were these forklifts that I never realized the opposite motion of the pallet of glass jars when I turned a corner at what seemed like breakneck speed.

All of a sudden I had to stop suddenly. Either a passerby or another forklift was crossing in front of me, I can’t recall which. The other thing I didn’t know was all my glass jars had shifted when I turned the corner so fast; and when I hit the brakes they had took all they were going to take.

I heard the unmistakable sound of one, then two, then literally thousands of glass jars hitting hard unforgiving cement floor.

At this moment I wanted nothing more than to crawl under that forklift, because the commotion I caused brought people from all over my area to see what was going on.

Let’s just say I was very immediately corrected.

First by cleaning up my mess, which took a solid hour or so, second by the laughing I endured from my coworkers. Finally correction came in the form of a bright, pink, slip of paper handed to me by my supervisor (1 of 3 a person could receive before visiting the front door for the last time).

Needless to say, I never dropped another pallet of glass jars again. In fact, I became a very good forklift driver. Instead of simply taking up space on my forklift, I began to try to do better. It became a competition with myself to see just how many “trips” I could take carrying product to the warehouse.

Most often the correction we receive isn’t meant to harm us, instead it’s intended for our good.

The next time you find yourself on the receiving end of correction; don’t reject it…embrace it and use it to push yourself forward.


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