The most meaningful of criticism however well intended, can go south. Criticism is a term for judgment or evaluation, good or bad. It pops up everywhere; family get-togethers, college papers, with friends and on American Idol.
Even the best of us have challenges taking on criticism; even when we are aware, it is well meaning. Humans are wired to resist anything they feel moving or working in opposition to what they believe, think or wish. Criticism does, however, have its benefits.
1. Personal Growth
Your ability to handle criticism determines your level of maturity. The capacity to find gems in criticism works is a work of wonder. Stop looking at it as a fault finding mission, but an opportunity to build, mend, or repair any shortcoming you may have. If you bother to look, there is always something good buried in there.
2. You are opened up to new perspectives and ideas
Remember, you can’t see what is on your back. Yet those around you can. Hurry not to your defense but rather listen actively with an open mind.
Just because you can’t see it does not make it a lie, or even wrong.
3. Value Criticism, it is priceless.
Respect people kind and bold enough to tell you the truth. It is not always pleasant, yet it will set you free to live a wholesome life. What you do not know, can be problematic to your life.
4. Ignore the tone and pay attention to the content.
Some people are poor communicators and in some cases are outright insensitive. Do not miss out on the gems because you chose to make it personal. The message stays true however delivered.
5. Praise is good, but criticism is even better.
Remember, Lebron James says; “I love criticism because it makes you strong.”