The most inevitable part of life is that we will face criticism at one point or another. When our merits or faults are judged by another. How you evaluate or correct your ways based on this is all down to how you accept criticism. There is no easy way because we have all expressed disapproval for someone or something.
When faced with criticism, what can you do?
Recognise the difference, when we receive criticism based on our perceived faults or mistakes, this can come across as fault-finding or reproval. Most times we will encounter constructive or projected criticism. When we offer what we deem as a valid and well-reasoned option about the work of someone else in a friendly rather than opposing manner this is viewed as constructive. However when we receive an emotional or negative reaction to something we say or do this is the projection based on the other persons psyche and can be destructive criticism.
Learn from it
Try and learn from what you hear and grow wiser. There are advantages to consider rather than cringing. Instead of becoming offended, take it graciously and learn from it [Proverbs 8:8-9]. This is all beneficial to your personal growth.
Remind yourself that you are not alone
When you receive unjustified criticism remind yourself that Christ was criticised too. Remember that how we judge others we might be judged too [Matthew 7:1-5]. Rather than minimise or deflect unwarranted criticism, reflect and consider the ways you could improve.
When you have to suffer for doing good, endure it patiently, so that God is pleased with you. Because Christ suffered and we are following in his footsteps. He never sinned or deceived anyone. Yet he was insulted but did not retaliate. Instead he left his case in the hands of God [1 Peter 2:20-23]. Stay calm, as no one wants to be told they are not measuring up or their efforts are not good enough. Think in the long term and how this can impact your future self instead of taking it to heart as a personal attack.
In time you will bounce back because you didn’t take things personally and showed gratitude. It’s all about how you respond to criticism. Embrace this as an opportunity for some tough feedback in your own life. Then re-frame the way you accept this feedback. There is no point beating yourself about what someone else thinks about you. This is the ideal time to start developing a thick skin by always looking at the bright side to any difficult situation. Sometimes the best opportunities for us to grow and mature are received through harsh feedback. Learn to process this then learn from it and come out and through stronger wiser and more resilient.
When you foster a mature attitude and pause before you respond, you have the chance to think through before addressing any points with your critic.
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