Are you distracted by criticism?

Posted on February 2, 2012

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How do you deal with criticism?

“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”Zig Ziglar

Criticism
is the judgement of the merits and faults of the work or actions of an individual or group by another (the critic). To criticize does not necessarily imply to find fault, but the word is often taken to mean the simple expression of an objection against prejudice, or a disapproval.

How do you deal with criticism? I think the first reaction for most of us is to defend ourselves, or worse yet to lash back. And yet, while criticism can be taken as hurtful and demoralizing, it can also be viewed in a positive way: it is honesty, and it can spur us to do better.

It’s an opportunity to improve.

If your first reaction is to lash back at the person giving the criticism, or to become defensive, take a minute before reacting at all. Take a deep breath, and give it a little thought.

Personally, I tend to get a little angry when I’m criticized. But I have also taught myself not to react right away. For example, I’ll let a critical email sit in my inbox for at least an hour before replying. Or I’ll walk away from someone instead of saying something I’ll regret later.

That cooling off time allows me to give it a little more thought beyond my initial reaction. It allows logic to step in, past the emotion. I don’t have anything against emotion, but when it’s a negative emotion, sometimes it can cause more harm than good. So I let my emotions run their course, and then respond when I’m calmer.

We don’t like to admit it..

We don’t like to admit it, but most business owners take criticism personally, allowing these situations to stir up painful feelings of doubt, fear or diminished self-worth. Discouraged, they begin thinking they’re not good enough, or that God is “giving them a sign” to try something else.

The problem is giving up too soon. Listen, growing a business takes enormous faith that you access and tap into every single day. Remember that we all have blind spots, which is why you need expert’s to help us see what we can do differently.

The secret to success is often just being persistent. To stay the course, you need to surround yourself with people who will help you improve your results and support you.

Remember that others are going to criticize but they won’t be able to taste is your SUCCESS!

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