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How Do You Deal With Criticism?


“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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To Be A Champion You Must Learn To DEFEAT Yourself

Defeat means winning victory over someone. In life at times the person we have to win the victory over is ourselves.


Do you want to win at the game of life? I do, and I guess you do too. A friend of mine has been on a strict diet of which he eliminated meat and dairy products. I remember the day when he called and told me that he was going to change his way of eating. Initially I thought to myself that I couldn’t see myself doing that, but I conquered that too. However, Wiggan has been an athlete all of his life. In fact, that’s how we met more than 15 years ago, competing against each other. To cut the story short, Wiggan told me more than a year ago that to be a champion you must learn to defeat yourself. Today, Wiggan is running faster than he ran 10 years ago. Why? He has learned how to defeat himself in many areas including craving the food that is unhealthy and even the thoughts that produce fear.

“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.”           – Napoleon Hill

What will you change to get the results you want out of life? Remember, just because you have been doing them all of your life doesn’t mean it will be impossible to change them. You have the power to change your behavior and habits if you want to. In life I found that it is not easy to stop behaviors and habits that have been entrenched deep into our subconscious mind, but I also know that we have the power to change our way of living in the world if we want to. My friend is a true champion, and I tell him almost every time we speak that his drive motivates me. He has been winning all of his races, and he associates his winnings especially to the change he has made in his diet.

So I wanted to share with you ways to D.E.F.E.A.T. yourself in the process of becoming a Champion:

BEING A CHAMPION = MAKING DECISIONS You have to make a conscious DECISION that you want to have more out of life. You have to be honest with yourself about where you are and where you want to be. Furthermore, you have to continue to make that decision over and over, especially when you don’t feel like it.

BEING A CHAMPION = EVALUATING WHERE YOU ARE You have to EVALUATE your life to see how what you have been doing is affecting your life. You have to choose to give up what you are for what you want to become.

BEING A CHAMPION = FOCUSING ON THE RIGHT THING You have to FOCUS on the one or two things you want to implement in your life and not so much on what you want to change.

BEING A CHAMPION = ENVISIONING THE OUTCOME BEFORE THE OUTCOME IS VISIBLE You have to ENVISION what you want to achieve in your minds eye and then start working towards that goal. Seeing yourself at the end even before you are there helps you to continue to make the right decisions to get there.  

BEING A CHAMPION = ASSOCIATING WITH CHAMPIONS You have to ASSOCIATE yourself with other champions, and as you may have heard, success leaves clues. Through your association you’ll learn to drop habits that don’t serve your evolution.

BEING A CHAMPION = TRAINING YOURSELF You have to TRAIN yourself to accept a new way of life through constant practice, application, repeated action and affirmation.


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