Criticism is very hard to hear often times, but what if you looked at it in a different way?
Don’t waste a thing!
Even if it comes from a person you REALLY don’t like it is so very important to ask ourselves the question, “Is it true?” If it is then look at it as a way to grow as a person. If it’s not, throw it in the trash and are we dumpster divers? Nooooo….so we leave it in the trash.
Make an attempt to clear up anything that you didn’t mean and obviously be humble enough to make the necessary adjustments.
If someone is really ugly about it try really hard to say, “Let me think about that and I’ll get back to you.” I don’t know about you but I really hate having to go back and say I’m sorry for something I said when I was upset to someone who was so ugly to me. Now, you might say, “Why would you even say you’re sorry? They were being ugly.” Because I’m going to treat them better than they treated me. That is who I am.
Humility is the key, my friend. You cannot have comfort and growth at the same time. I choose growth every day of the week! Don’t defend your bad behavior. Be quick to say you’re sorry. Slow down and do the right thing.
I didn’t say it was easy, but it is worth it:)
Much love, -Teresa