Self-Growth

CRITICISM and How to handle it.

March 23, 2019

“The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care, criticize where necessary. Those who envy, criticize the moment they think they have found a weak spot.”

– Criss Jami

We all know what criticism is but we often do not understand how to filter them and handle them. Criticism should be taken seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it, otherwise, let it roll right off you.

We can differentiate criticism in two categories namely constructive and destructive.

Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism is that which provides thoughtful feedback about your actions. It shows you the points for improvements.

In this case look at criticism as an opportunity to learn and grow. Let go of perfectionism and try to improve with every step. Here, constructive criticism will help you grow faster.

Don’t consider this as your incompetence. We all are humans and humans make mistakes. What is important is to learn from it and rectify it following the given advice.

Do not judge the advice or the criticism on the basis of who did it. The critic might be someone you trust or you do not. Detach the critic and judge wisely.

Once you start implementing right criticism and see your work improve, you will get confident about what to apply and what not and how.

Destructive

Criticism

This is the thoughtless feedback without any suggestions for improvement from another person. Irrespective of the person’s tone and manner, evaluate what they are saying is valuable or not.

Just because immediately you feel dishonored, do not argue back. Reflect on it, if useless, ignore and move on with a calm mind.

Never take bad criticism personally. Its purpose is to distract you and lower your confidence. Don’t give that power to anyone to decide for you.

One who enjoys finding errors will then start creating errors to find. Identify these critics and avoid them. It might be difficult at first to identify but then you will start noticing their pattern.

Don’t be afraid of being judged. Once you start loosing self confidence, every criticism might seem as constructive which is not true all the time. Be confident so that you can analyse the feedbacks you get and accordingly take actions.

Accept both compliments and criticism. Always remember it takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.

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