I’ve said before that criticism is a matter of opinion and I stand by that.
There is also another side of criticism which is what today’s piece is about. It’s something that isn’t easy to hear and it’s this: There may be some truth in the criticism.
Before you dismiss what someone is saying, listen. Take it in and stir it around. Is there a smidgen of truth in what they say?
If you can see it you are at an advantage because right in front of you is an opportunity to grow. Everyone we meet can teach us something.
Rather than getting tense, angry or ignoring what they say, take a moment to hear it.
The criticism doesn’t define you. Know who you are and then the comment won’t diminish you. Learn from it and at the same time let it roll off you (like water off a duck’s back). Then move on.
Underneath it all, you are wonderful and worthy.
Let’s free ourselves from what’s holding us back in our own lives.