Can you handle a Critic?

So, what is Criticism?      

Criticism is the practice of judging the merits and faults of something. The judger is called a critic. To engage in criticism is to criticise. One specific item of criticism is called a criticism or critique. Criticism is an evaluation or corrective exercise that can occur in any area of human life. 

How To Deal with Criticism

One of the best ways to understand the power of self-worth is to learn how to effectively deal with criticism. When you can accept, and learn from the most negative of your critics, you will have taken a large step towards accepting yourself as a person of eminent worth.

Learn From Criticism

Every piece of criticism that you encounter, no matter how negative or ill-intentioned it contains an element of wisdom that you can learn from if you can listen. That wisdom is power – power to improve your performance to silence your critics and make your life better in the bargain.

Listen to the Criticism, not the Manner in Which it is Delivered

Oftentimes criticism is offered in a manner designed to build the critic’s self-esteem at your expense. This “break you down to build me up” attitude must be seen for what it is and ignored. If it is not ignored, if you take the tone of the criticism to heart, then you are allowing the other person to harm you for their benefit. This is wrong. Instead, ignore the tone of the critic and concentrate on their words – this is where the true power of the criticism lies.


Learn to Love Criticism

Why not love criticism? After all, it’s a perfect way to learn how to become a better human being and that’s what this is all about, right?


Respond, Just not Right Now

A response to your critics is always appropriate. However, an emotional response that’s given as reaction to the criticism is not appropriate. The strongest wall that you can raise against your most vicious critics is to calmly listen to what they have to say and then wait to respond. This gives you time to cool down and think. It robs them of the power to use your negative emotions for their own benefit.

Smile

A simple smile is the best response to all criticism. It keeps the playing field level between you and your critic. It makes you look good and it demonstrates that your sense of self-worth is stronger than any negative emotion that is thrown your way. 

Afterall, how you feel about You Matters most

This week – Let Criticism be what it is… no more, no less.    It just might help you see your blind-spot, so you can be a Better You!

 You Matter, 

Tinah Marie

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