“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Aristotle
How do you feel after you have been criticized? Probably not so good. No one really likes to be criticized or belittled. However, we all have to deal with criticism at some point in our lives. On the other hand, being able to deal with criticism in a positive way can be seen as a sign of strength, but if you don’t receive criticism well it can put a damper on your self-image and confidence.
“But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism.” Eric Wright
How will you respond the next time you receive criticism? You can turn the experience into a positive one if you know how to receive criticism well.
I hope after today you’ll be able to handle criticism better. Remember criticism is just someone else’s opinion and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Your reaction to the criticism is what matters most of all.
I hope with these 6 tips you’ll be able to handle criticism better the next time you are criticized…
- Stay Calm – Think before you respond. Not all criticism is meant to hurt you.
- Identify the truth in the criticism (if there is one) – We make mistakes and there is always room for improvement. Remember, do not take the criticism personally.
- Make an effort to analyze what was said – Criticism gives you an opportunity to develop a new perspective. Sometimes we are bogged down in our own thoughts which sometimes cause us to overlook things. By an outsider sharing their opinion, although it can seem harsh, you can find some good in what was said and act on it.
- Politely ask the critic a follow up question (if possible) – By asking follow up questions you can get clarity on what was meant. For example, “The color you used on your presentation didn’t match the theme.” A follow up question could be, “What would be a more suitable color for the theme?”
- Learn from the criticism – There is always room for improvement. Even if you believe you did your best, you can always do better.
- Evaluate what was said – Was it a true statement or an opinionated statement. Some critics just love to talk. So before you address the critic or the statement made, check the source from which the statement was made.
Criticism isn’t all bad. It is how we deal with the criticism we receive that matters most.
“If you can’t take the rub, you’ll never be polished.” – Unknown
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