- Step 1: Listen Listen patiently to the person who is criticizing you, take mental notes, and try to hold in your emotions.
- Step 2: Ask questions Ask the critic to explain exactly what they expect from you.
- Step 3: Reflect on conversation Reflect on your conversation and look at criticism as a way to improve yourself. Welcome criticism and learn from your mistakes.
- TIP: Forgive yourself for mistakes, and don't focus on your weaknesses. You're only human.
- Step 4: Create goals Create goals for yourself. Achieving goals improves your self-esteem and helps you take criticism better.
- Step 5: Welcome failure Welcome failure instead of fearing it. Turn it into a learning experience and keep trying if you fail.
- Step 6: Focus on strengths Focus on your strengths and past successes. Be proud of yourself and celebrate your accomplishments.
- Step 7: Laugh Laugh at yourself. Share your experiences with friends and family and make light of them.
- FACT: Written in 1709, Alexander Pope's first major poem, "An Essay on Criticism," gave us the immortal line, "To err is humane; to forgive, divine."
You Will Need
- A positive attitude
- Listening skills