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Handling Criticism to Your Advantage

Mar 5th 2011 at 8:57 PM

Handling criticism is difficult for most people because it’s often equated with failure. You’re in business to succeed and any hint of failure is generally not welcome. Criticism though can actually assist you in improving your marketing skills. For that to happen you have to cultivate a mindset that allows you to receive and process criticism.

5 Ways to Turn Criticism into Positive Growth

When it comes to criticism a good leader should expect and welcome it. Those expecting criticism are less likely to be caught off guard, thus opening the way to process anything that will help them to improve. Much of the criticism you receive will be constructive. So be willing to view it that way. In that case you’ll probably find gems of wisdom that will accelerate your business forward. Keep in mind that criticism taken in the right way will assist you in growing your business, and it will also help you to grow as a person.

One key to using criticism to your advantage is to be willing to accept it. Following are five things that will condition your mind to accept and apply criticism.

  1. Be open to make any suggested or necessary changes for improvement.
  2. Exercise humility and seek suggestions for further advancement
  3. If you feel the criticism was unjustifiably negative, turn it into something positive
  4. Don’t internalize criticism to point of giving way to doubt or fear
  5. Life is challenging, so expect criticism and handle it in a constructive way

You certainly can benefit from criticism by cultivating the proper mindset. Using criticism to your advantage will make you unstoppable as an entrepreneur.

Remain Calm When Being Criticized

At times you’re not going to like the way a person delivers criticism. However, keep in mind that everyone has different styles of communication. Some individuals are less tactful and gracious than others. So focus on the message rather than the way it is delivered. Don’t allow pride to stand in the way of improvement. That way you’re leaving yourself open to suggestions that could very well move your business to the next level.

Use Criticism to Advance to the Next Level

Criticism, regardless of how it is delivered, can really aid your personal development. In that light you’ll want to be sure to receive it with an open mind. Now obviously there are those who harshly criticize out of jealousy or in a mean fashion. If you’re accosted by someone like that, it might be good to take your leave. You don’t need that kind of negative criticism. No, you’re looking for constructive criticism, that which will assist your growth.

When you receive constructive criticism be sure to express your appreciation to the one offering it. When applied properly criticism can assist you to grow in ways you never thought possible. So, keep an open mind and be receptive to using criticism to your advantage.

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Nov 13th 2011 at 3:10 PM by surefireformula
Right on, I agree LonnieG
   
Nov 13th 2011 at 2:54 PM by LonnieG
Keep learning, keep growing! ~LonnieG
   
Mar 27th 2011 at 5:00 PM by surefireformula
Thank you Adelaide! That's what it's all about. We learn from one another.
   
Mar 27th 2011 at 4:50 PM by Adelaidesmith
Great article. Certainly good points for me to remember.
   

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