“Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Each week when I blog I notice that some blogs take off while others don’t have the same spark. Two things that I know people get excited about are when I share about my puppy Max or about our new baby Paige. But, there will always be that cat person...you know who you are? The person when I post about Max that will say, “Man this guy is obsessed with his dog, doesn’t he have anything better to write about.” This person may even share their thoughts and opinions with others around them. I think we can all relate to this scenario. You make a decision at work that you think everyone is going to love and after you announce the change, you get multiple emails that state why your change is horrible and you should step down from your position. You may be a parent and buy your son or daughter a gift you think they will love and it totally flops. You may be a coach of a sport at any level and you decide to pull your pitcher out early or make a substitution and the kid being pulled out is upset while the kid coming in is excited. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway.” The point is that you can’t please everyone and the more leadership roles that you have, the more you will experience these difficult situations.
Back to babies and puppies to bring this blog home on a light note. Paige was freaking out this week as I was about to vacuum the house. So in an effort to calm the baby and clean the house, I fired up the vacuum. Paige immediately went into a state of mind as if she was floating on clouds. Completely calm and enjoying life. In the process of vacuuming and pleasing Paige, the vacuum sent Max into a complete panic. Max thinks the vacuum steals his soul. He immediately wanted out of the house to escape the beast. This event is what sparked my blog idea for this week.
If you are struggling to please everyone, my encouragement to you is to stop trying. Easier said than done and by no means does that mean to stop listening to the people you lead. Be a great listener, put in the work, and lean on your core values to make the best decision you can make. Surround yourself with people who push your thinking and help you see other points of view. And if you are that cat person that doesn’t like my blog, we will just have to agree to disagree about dogs being the better pet.