I heard something today that struck me. It was a very familiar concept. In fact, I share it all the time with my clients. But it was said in a new way, so I was able to hear it afresh.
A critical eye is different than a critical spirit.
That’s a good one, isn’t it? Simple but profound, as the good ones often are.
Having a critical eye means having the ability to observe and discern, to be objective and open to identify improvements without judgment or blame.
A critical spirit is ALL judgment. It’s not geared toward improvement. A critical spirit is like someone who complains or points out problems, but never wants to be part of the solution.
Successfully having a critical eye without a critical spirit takes a bit of focus and tact, perhaps even diplomacy, and a fair amount of maturity. A critical eye requires awareness, and pulling it of requires self-awareness and EQ (emotional intelligence).
I want to be a person with a critical eye, who knows when my observations can be helpful and add value.
I want to be a person who also knows when to leave good enough alone. Like now. See you next week!
In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!