For the most part, correction has a bad connotation attached to it.
Naturally speaking, we as humans don’t enjoy being corrected.
Some of us may immediately reject correction, either by ignoring it or becoming defensive about the issue at hand. Others of us may put on a brave face, hearing what is being said, only to walk away feeling upset by what we’ve just heard.
I’m sure most, if not all of us can agree that we’d much prefer to hear encouragement than we would correction… but I wonder what would happen if you and I changed correction’s connotation?
Let’s think about sports for a moment.
If a coach is constantly in a player’s ear, it is typically an indication that they see great potential within him or her. If the coach did not see a future for that player within their team, they would likely not invest much of themselves into them.
When a coach sees potential in someone, they will not be afraid to call them out when they’re not at their best so as to ensure that they keep moving towards their best.
A player should see correction as a compliment, and so should we.
I think we would grow more and grow faster if we didn’t hide from correction but instead welcomed it.
I have found in my own life that some of my biggest moments of growth have actually come not as a result of encouragement, but of correction.
Today, if you find a boss, a spouse, a friend, a leader, a parent correcting you, don’t put up a defence system, but instead, open up your heart, your mind and your ears to hear what they’re saying and then make the necessary changes as a result.
I’m not saying that what you hear won’t initially hurt, but if you allow it to, it can eventually help.
Approach your everyday life with a desire to get better as well as an understanding that if I’m going to grow, I must run towards potentially difficult conversations and not away from them.
Let’s endeavour together to change correction’s connotation.
Bring it on!
A daily devotion for a better way of living.