“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama
For reasons that I have a hard time fathoming, people say and do hurtful things. They do it to get in your head, to knock you off your game, to intimidate you.
One of the hardest things to do is tune those people out and take the high road. Naturally, we want to fight fire with fire. We would love to lash out at those people calling them classless, rude, ignorant, etc. By doing so, we are only sinking to their own level.
Be better than that. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is the most beneficial course of action for yourself. Letting those people get under your skin gives them exactly what they want. By choosing to remain calm, cool, and collected in those moments, you will maintain a level of peace within yourself that will allow you to thrive in moments where everyone seeks to bring you down.
Sports will bring out the worst in people. The better you get, the more people want to see you fail. They chant against you; they point out every little flaw; and, they say things that may stretch the truth in order to get into your head.
It would be easy for athletes to simply get upset and fold under this pressure. And some do. Others relish in the moment. They know that with success comes more scrutiny. They continue to thrive anyway. They refuse to allow the hateful and critical words of opposing fans/players to dictate their response. They maintain control of their situation by choosing not to let it get to them.
I encourage you to take the high road. Be the better person. Refuse to fight fire with fire. Respond with compassion and forgiveness before revenge and spite.
It will not always be easy to do, but it will always be the right choice.
Bring your best today!