How To Make Criticism Work For You

Are you the type of person who finds it difficult to handle criticism? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Here are some ways to help you make it work for your benefit and view it as a positive. Listen and keep an open mind.

Listen to the feedback that people give you and hear them out. Before you react, ask yourself this, first: Is the intention of the other person beneficial to your growth as a person? If yes, then take that criticism as a motivation to improve. If you’re unclear of the feedback, be sure to have the courage to ask questions. This can initiate a dialogue that may clue you into any adjustments and improvements you will need for personal growth.

Don’t take criticisms personally – take time to pause and think

Taking things personally is a fear response that happens when you perceive situations as threatening to your ego or identity. If you encounter a situation that’ll trigger your insecurities, make sure that to take a time to reflect. Remember this rule – Trigger – Breathe – Pause – Respond. Not Trigger – React. It will help you avoid being reactive and defensive and emotionally attached to the issue. Taking a pause before you respond will help you to emotionally detach from the trigger. Always remember that a criticism is made based on your current performance and not necessarily a slight on you as a human being.

Accept mistakes as opportunities

Everything can be used for personal empowerment, even criticism. Turn constructive feedback into positive action. Rather than being defensive about it, take this as an opportunity to learn something new about yourself.

Say thank you

Having the attitude of gratitude is essential in your daily life. Be gracious for the feedback you’ve received, no matter how difficult it is to hear, and thank the other person. That takes courage, and practice!

Annette Sloly is an experienced, Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Clifton Bristol. Over the years, she has helped people people make a positive shift in their lives; working with everyone from solicitors experiencing stress to world-class recording artists looking to improve their performance. Annette is based at Comfort Health Clinic in Clifton, Bristol. Please contact or call 0117 214 0706 to make an appointment. Read about the sessions, recent testimonials and keep up to date with recent blog posts here.