One thing I’ve noticed, now that my husband is a part of football at the college level, is that there is at least one newspaper article covering some aspect of the team every day. Every day. Not to mention the numerous radio and television reporters and commentators with their pre-game, game, and post-game coverage. Add in the mid-week coach’s show and daily sports talk radio.

That’s a lot of press. And a lot of chances, as a player, to see or hear your name mentioned.
Leading to today’s dilemma. Is everything the press says accurate? No. They’ve been known to make the occasional mistake or misquote. Is everything they say flattering? Usually not! But suppose for a moment that it was. Would an all-positive press report be truly accurate?
The bottom line is that we all hear good and bad things about ourselves. The tricky part is learning what press to believe. All good and I risk an inflated ego. All bad and I wallow in self-pity.
The real truth lies somewhere in between. I do some stuff well and drop the ball when it comes to other things. Some days I’m a patient mother. And other days? Not so much. By listening to the good and bad — the praise and the criticism — I can identify areas for improvement and receive encouragement for the journey ahead. After all, we all need a few tidbits of praise to keep us going on the tough days.
What about you? What has the press been saying lately about you? Which variety do you tend to believe? How much credibility do you give the critics?
Football Friday – Believing Your Press
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  • October 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    >Hi Candee –

    I guess it depends on who is doing the praising or criticizing. When my mother says my book is fabulous, I'm pleased, but also know she's biased. When an agent says he likes my first line, it holds weight because he's an industry professional.

    I think of people who go on American Idol because someone said they could sing. It hurts to watch some of the auditions.

    I don't want to think too highly of myself or put myself down. The best way to keep a balance is to maintain our focus on the only One whose opinion matters.

    Susan 🙂

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