Lebron James has a lot of haters.

But he goes about his business, trying to make himself the best basketball player in the world and achieved his goal of leading his team to an NBA championship.

Adele has a lot of haters.

But despite not being the “normal size” that’s expected of a female musician, she’s revitalised the recording industry and touched the hearts of millions with her voice.

Tim Tebow has a lot haters.

But despite his so-called deficiencies, he kept winning and led the Denver Broncos into the playoffs.

Pastor Rick Warren has a lot of haters.

But he keeps positively influencing millions of christians in his own church and around the world through his books and teaching.

George Lucas has a lot of haters.

But he has brought us some of the most entertaining movies of all time and keeps bringing great stories to the world.

One of the less glamorous parts of being a successful person is that you will get people who criticise you and often this criticism is unfair and vitriolic.  Google the name of someone you admire and it won’t take long to find someone who wants to bring them down a peg or three.

But if you want to maximise your potential and become world-class, you had better get used to it.  The online world that we live in makes it easier for these messages of hate to be transmitted by those who hide behind the anonymity of the Internet and I suspect that it’s only going to get worse.  (Insert dramatic sigh here)

Fear of criticism can hold us back from achieving all that we can.  We can make decisions with these disparaging remarks ringing in our ears.

Let me encourage you today to ignore the haters.

Don’t let them stop you from achieving greatness.

Don’t engage them in pointless debates.

Don’t be discouraged that they’re out there.

Listen to those who have faith in your abilities, including God, who gave them to you and has a plan for your life.

Listen to those who need your best work.

Listen to those who have gone before you, despite the haters, forging a path for us to follow.

Listen to those who love and respect you and who want the best for you.

While I’m on the subject, don’t be a hater either.

If you don’t like someone, that’s OK, we can’t like every person we meet.  But don’t waste your energy bringing others down, use your time more effectively to lift people up.

What strategies do you use to ignore the haters?

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