We were at a pool over the weekend and a child was getting a private swimming lesson from one of the lifeguards. The kid was working to pass the deep end test but couldn’t quite get his backstroke right. The lifeguard told the boy, “Point your toes, when you kick.” The boy yelled, “That’s what I was doing!” That is the point when the boy stopped learning and improving. He was insistent that he was doing everything right, despite not getting the results he wanted.
How many times do we do that as adults? Whether it is from a boss, spouse, friend or co-worker, how many times has someone given us a positive critic but we took it as criticism. Sometimes it hurts to say that we aren’t doing something right. Sometimes it is hard to admit that we need to do better. Growth is hard but we can do it. Sometimes all we have to do is listen.