How to Deal with Criticisms

Criticism is no fun. Criticism is the practice of judging the merits and faults of something or someone in an intelligible way. There's no denying it: criticism can (and often does) hurt. But no matter what you do in life, you expose yourself to the possibility of being judged unfavourably. Even if you try to remain in the background, avoiding all confrontation, you still must make decisions, minor ones, maybe, like where you eat and what you wear.

And be rest assured, not everyone will agree with your choices.

Face it.

No matter how well you perform your duties throughout your career, someone will always criticize you. The more successful you are, the more you might become a target of criticism. No one likes having the quality of their work belittled, the soundness of their decisions questioned or their integrity challenged, but it's how you deal with criticism that determines your power and how big a man you really are.

We can learn a lot from how successful people handle criticism. figure out if it's your fault. Put your ego aside. If the criticism has merit, listen to the feedback objectively and be sure you understand it.

Consider your options to rectify the situation or resolve the problem.

There are many successful CEOs and businessmen out there who've made mistakes and received criticism, but they proved that they could put their ego aside, assess the situation, take ownership, and come back even stronger. Real estate magnate Donald Trump was frequently criticized for his flamboyant excesses.

Although a couple of lousy investments drastically reduced his net worth, he did not allow the criticism to destroy his self-esteem.

Dealing with criticism positively is an important life skill.

At some point in your life you will be criticised, perhaps in a professional way. Sometimes it will be difficult to accept, but that all depends on your reaction. You can either use criticism in a positive way to improve, or in a negative way that can lower your self- esteem and cause stress, anger or even aggression.

The key thing to remember is that whatever the circumstance is, don´t respond in anger as this will cause a scene and create bad feelings and possibly a bad image of you. Try to remain calm and treat the other person with respect and understanding. This will help to defuse the situation and potentially stop it from getting out of hand.

Show that you are the stronger person and try not to rise to the bait, do not use it as a reason to offer counter criticism.

If you challenge the other person you may start an argument that is probably unnecessary. We all learn by making mistakes, and learning how to deal with criticism positively is one way that we can improve our interpersonal relationships with others.


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