Accountability Tip 24 – Criticism

Alright everyone you are on your journey to getting focused.  We introduced you to “opportunity” and its twin “obstacle.”  What happens when an obstacle takes the form of criticism?  You find yourself stuck. Elbert Hubbard says “the only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”  That would not be living.  So we say bring on the criticism.

You heard the saying when the student is ready the teacher will appear.  Our teacher came in the form of a little book we found at Goodwill, Giving and Receiving Criticism Your Key to Interpersonal Success by Patti Hathaway.

When properly given criticism is so powerful it can be the difference between success and failure. Criticism can point you to opportunity by showing you what’s working and what’s not.  Why do we get stuck when we hear criticism?  We take it personal, often viewing it as something negative.

However, ask yourself is the criticism speaking to who you are or what you are doing.  Who you are is tied to self-image and how you want the world to view you.  What you do is an action, actions do not have emotion.  When you mix up the two, criticism can hurt.

Patti takes the sting out of criticism and explains how criticism can be an indispensable part of our lives.  Join us next week at as we review chapter by chapter her approach to making criticism our friend.

Chapter 1 – Why is Criticism Difficult to Handle?
Chapter 2 – Counteracting Self-Criticism with Positive Talk
Chapter 3 – How Do I Handle Criticism?
Chapter 4 – Types of Criticism
Chapter 5 – Our Response to Criticism
Chapter 6 – Assertive Technique to Handle Criticism
Chapter 7 – Barriers to Giving Constructive Criticism
Chapter 8 – Guidelines for Giving Criticism
Chapter 9 – Handling Recurring Problems
Chapter 10 – Some Final Thoughts on Giving Criticism

Plan it out.  Make it happen. Not sure how? That’s where we can help.  Dr. SheLution can transform your dream into simple steps.