For many of us, it is hard to be confronted. It is hard for someone to tell you where you messed up, missed the mark or dropped the ball. It does not feel good to realize you were wrong. But the truth is that we all have things worng with our character. And sometimes, people care enough about us to risk telling us. Then, when they do, you have some important choices to make.
How will you react to the correction? How defensive will you become? Will you really listen? Will you really change anything?
Often, we get defensive and reactive. Well, today, a friend of mine (who wishes to get his credit in heaven and not on my blog), shared something with me that I thought was profound. He said:
When someone points out a flaw in your character, you should look at it like free coaching. People pay lots of money for coaches, consultants and counselors that tell them what is wrong with them and how to fix it. How much more valuable is the FREE gift of coaching from people who actually know you! What a great gift! Maybe if we would view correction into our lives as a GIFT of free coaching, we would become less reactive and more thankful and humble.
Just a thought...