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How to accept criticism
Health & Fitness
Stay calm. The first thing that you should do is stay calm. Don’t panic, don’t yell, don’t even respond. Hearing criticism is like standing in the path of a wave. You can bear down and try to fight it but that will just make things harder for you and you’re likely to get hurt. Alternatively, you can let the criticism happen peacefully. Just let the words move past you; they aren’t going to hurt. Getting worked up won’t solve anything but staying calm will make the whole experience better for you.
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2. Give yourself time to cool off. Before responding and even before thinking about the criticism that you received, give yourself time to cool down. Let the sting of being criticized heal. When we get emotionally involved in something, it can lead us to react harshly or make bad choices. You want your head to be as clear as possible before dealing with the problem.
For example, take a walk through the hall or go play with your dog for a few minutes in order to regain your focus.
3. Separate the criticism. When accepting criticism in a way that’s healthy for you, you need to remember to compartmentalize. Don't see a single criticism as being personal or speaking against other things that you do. Don’t see the criticism as an attack on you and everything that you are. Remember that you are not every action you have ever taken. You can make mistakes and still be really good at lots of other things (or even the thing you messed up).
Think about the skills you have that will help. When someone criticizes something you’ve done, it’s easy to feel useless, incompetent, or just generally bad. However, feeling like that doesn’t help you or anyone else. Instead, focus on building yourself while you deal with the problem. Everyone has some great skills, talents, and strengths that will help them deal with any problem. Think about what great things you can do that might help in this situation.
Be proud of yourself. If you’re proud of yourself, if you’re self confident and know that you do good work, then accepting criticism becomes much easier. When you don’t like the things you do very much, it’s easy for criticism to sting much more than it should.
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