An analysis of criticism

In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery. Prov. 28:23

Criticism with the motive of promoting excellence leads to confidence and quality. Celebrating effort and improvement boosts confidence and, if excellence is also celebrated,  may eventually result in quality. Celebrating mediocrity as if it were excellence is mere flattery. Nobody gets better if there is no honest criticism.

Lord, help me to strive for excellence instead of approval.