Criticize me; please!

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

Winston Churchill

The most growth I have ever had in my life has come from criticism, not praise. I have learned to not only welcome criticism and feedback but to truly desire and appreciate it. It is the only way that one can get outside of your own mind and perceptions and see and understand the impact that you have on others.

Certainly not all criticism is good, constructive, or even relevant. However, if you start to ignore any of the feedback given to you you do so at your own peril. Some of the criticism I have received in life I disagreed with vehemently, and on further reflection might be something that wasn’t helpful or positive in any way. But it made me stop and think. It made me ask the question, “how am I behaving that could create that perception and how might I need to change if changing that perception is both important and relevant to me?”

Create a mindset where you both welcome and appreciate criticism in all areas. It doesn’t mean you have to accept it at face value, but it does mean you have to listen, reflect and learn. Who knows, it might be just what you need to hear…

Health & Longevity

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”


Over the past few months I have really been digging into understanding complete health and how the body is a complete system that God has designed so beautifully. Maybe it is getting older but I really want to learn more on how to optimize later life health by making the right choices today. I don’t want to get to a later stage of life and not be able to actually live. Here are a few resources that I have used of late to further my understanding of complete health.

The Drive – Peter Attia – A friend turned me on to this website and podcast and I have found it to be completely fascinating and thought provoking. The content is wide ranging but the focus is on optimizing healthy for longevity. It is a great place to start.

Sleep is your superpower – Dr. Matt Walker – One of the key realizations I have made in recent months is that I am chronically sleep deprived. I have long believed that I am good to go with only 5-6 hours of sleep per night. After reading the book by the same presenter in this Ted Talk I have completely shifted my thinking. The clinical research is just to compelling and convicting to ignore.

Think & Eat Yourself Smart – Dr. Caroline Leaf – The Mind, Brain, Body connection is fascinating and compelling. Reading this (and several other books by the same author) has given me great perspective on the importance of really paying attention to what you feed your brain and body. Both through nutrition as well as the thoughts you put into your mind.

Ten Percent Happier – Meditation & Mindfulness – Doing everything possible to keep the body healthy is only part of the equation. Understanding the mind’s role and how important it is build healthy habits for mental care is fascinating. I have tried several apps for meditation but this one has become my favorite along with the “Waking Up” app created by Sam Harris. As a newbie to mindfulness I like using these two apps in tandem to learn and grow this powerful and important skill.

These are just a few of the resources I have found to be valuable over the past 6-9 months. There are many more and I still have quite a bit to learn but that is the joy of life, it is a journey, not a destination…

Get moving…

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”

Carol Welch-Baril

I remember a time when I viewed exercise as work, something to be loathed or done only as a matter of necessity. Something changed along the way in life and it has gone from being a necessary evil to a desired passion and a complete need.

Today I have to get exercise of some sort every day or I just don’t feel like myself. It is amazing how much the simple act of a going for a walk or a run can completely change your mind and elevate your thinking. I can’t imagine life anymore without exercise and movement. In fact, strangely enough, now going on a trip or seeing a few days ahead that are going to create difficulty in working out cause me tremendous stress. Amazing how life can change.

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