6 Ways to Deal with Criticism in Your Life
In this day and age, if you are going to put yourself out there on social media, you are going to deal with criticism. It’s just a fact. Basically, if you want to avoid criticism you need to “Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”
Since becoming an entrepreneur, I have majorly put myself out there in more ways than one. It was hard for me. I can be very sensitive and take things to heart. But, I have learnt a lot about myself in the past 15 months and have grown as a person.
When I told my friends about my new venture, some were incredible supportive and some were not at all! I’m sure they just thought what I was doing was silly, salesy and not very ‘me’. But then I had those around me who only had positive things to say. One of the first people to join my team said she joined because “If someone like you is doing it, then it must be amazing so I want in!”
I’ve learnt to overcome the criticism and people’s opinions (after all, it’s none of my business what other people think of me). When you can let go of that, it is incredibly freeing.
So how can you deal with criticism in your life? Here are some tips that will help.
1. Know your why and who you are. Know the truth.
If you don’t know who you are then it’s easy for other people to tell you who you are. For example, I know that I have been put on this earth to help other people and I own it. You can like it or leave it.
2. Be the bigger person.
Take the high road and kill those critics with kindness. Don’t burn bridges or be mean as you never know what’s going on with someone. Wait a day before you respond so you don’t react out of emotion.
3. Decide if it’s useful criticism or not!
How can you use it to your advantage? Maybe there’s some truth to it? How can it can make you better, strive more, be successful? Listen to constructive criticism.
4. Consider the source.
Is someone being a negative nelly? Look at their life. Are they successful? Are they stuck in a job they hate, do they have experience in what you’re doing? If it’s someone super successful, maybe you should listen to what they have to say! If people on social media are just bring mean, block them! It’s easy! And if they are someone in your life, maybe you need to cut them out! Just sayin’!!!
5. Keep people around you that lift you up.
I surround myself with people who make me feel good. They support me, don’t judge me, give me advice when I need it and understand where I’m at. I don’t have time for people who are nay sayers.
6. Put yourself out there.
You have to be willing to put yourself out there if you want to be successful and you are going to be criticized and that’s ok. It comes with the territory but if you know your TRUTH, don’t let it bother you. Your vibe attracts your tribe. If you want to attract people, you are going to repel others! It’s how it works!
Anyway, keep growing, put yourself out there, you’re going to make mistakes and that’s ok. It’s the only way to grow. And as I always say, get out of your comfort zone and use your fear as your compass. Great things will happen. Trust me. xx