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7 Effective Ways to Handle Criticism Like a Champ

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Criticism is one of those things that could be good or bad depending on how it’s given and taken. A good rule of thumb that I use is that if the person giving the criticism isn’t giving you a suggestion or a solution, then it’s not constructive and I just politely disregard it. On the other hand, if it’s constructive criticism that they’re giving, then I receive it with open arms because at the end of the day, true entrepreneurs are always willing to learn and grow.

Criticism is just the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes. There are several ways to handle criticism whether it’s constructive or not along with whether it’s in person or online.

Below are seven ways to handle criticism effectively and use it to your benefit:

1. Don’t take it personal

Many times when criticism is given to us, we get defensive because it feels like we’re being attacked. Instead of taking it personal, try listening to see if what’s actually being said is true and makes sense. You can decide for yourself whether you’re going to use it or not. 

The fact that someone else doesn’t approve or agree with what you’re saying or doing doesn’t mean that your wrong and they’re right. They just have a different point of view from you and that’s okay, so don’t take it personal.

2. Decide if it’s helpful

Really try and listen to see if what the other person is saying makes sense, is helpful, and is applicable. Usually, when we know we’re getting criticized, our first reaction is to shut the person off. We quickly begin thinking of our rebuttal to justify why we’re right and they’re wrong. Sometimes it’s better to just be quiet, actively listen, and take notes unless of course, it’s not constructive criticism. Then you treat it like dead weight and let it go.

3. Assume good intentions

Not everyone has good intentions, but if we can assume that they do (until they prove otherwise) it can become easier to handle whatever type of criticism comes your way. Most people who criticize you in person or “face to face” usually do have good intentions because if they’re approaching you, it’s probably because they truly want to help you. 

Criticism that does not have good intentions is usually given behind your back and therefore doesn’t even matter because it’s already behind you. Keep moving forward!

“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar

4. Own it

Don’t be quick to justify yourself. Our human nature is to respond quickly to prove our point and why we’re right. You’re not always going to be right and when you’re not, own up to it, embrace it, and be willing to humbly receive criticism especially if it’s going to help you win. Take note of what’s being said and really see how you can apply it to become the best you can be.

5. Make criticism your fuel

Let’s face it, not everyone is going to give you constructive criticism. The reality is that haters are going to hate regardless. The only thing you need to concern yourself with is not letting their criticism become your kryptonite. Use it as fuel to better yourself and keep pushing the needle forward. Let it energize you to learn more, do more, become more, and increase your superpowers!

6. Take it like a champ

If the criticism is good, great, take it and apply it. If it’s not constructive or serving you, there is no need to over react. Always remain professional and kindly say something like, “thank you for your feedback” and keep it moving. There’s no need to get sour about it and let it ruin the rest of your day. Remember, you’re a champ, so get out there and keep on winning.

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden

7. Use it as a learning opportunity

Good, constructive feedback is always a great learning opportunity and so is the bad feedback. Good criticism is usually easy to take when it’s helping you to become a better version of yourself or level up in a particular area because the person giving it is sincere about helping you grow and win. 

You can still learn from the negative feedback as well because sometimes there may be some truth in what’s being said and that’s what you can take away from it. Always walk away with the positive feedback and leave the negative stuff behind because it won’t benefit you in any way.

Criticism, whether it’s good or bad, is something that is never going to go away, so you might as well get used to it and learn how to walk away with the feedback you can use to benefit your life and business. Disregard whatever else you can’t apply or use.

How do you handle criticism? Share your advice and thoughts with us below!

Jose Flores is an International Speaker, Author, and Mindset Disruptor. He educates, inspires and motivates individuals to strengthen their mental toughness and to develop into indispensable leaders by connecting with them, touching their hearts and giving them a fresh perspective. Jose gets people to think outside the box to start taking massive action and seeing immediate results. He wants you to stand tall and be the very best version you can be.

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5 Things You Can Learn From The 5am Club by Robin Sharma

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It has been said by Robin Sharma, “5 AM is the time of least distraction, highest human glory, and greatest peace.” This also happens to be the central idea or the core value he has discussed in his book, ‘The 5 Am Club.’ Speaking of early mornings, at what time do you wake up? Are you annoyed by the fact that you wake up on the edge of time and then rush to work in haste? 

The life lessons put forth by The 5 AM Club are exactly the learning and motivation you need to challenge your complacency. In your race against time, you may not have the time to read this fabulous book. So, we have summed up the key book’s takeaways for your convenience.

1. The vigor of waking up early

This is what the book’s most fundamental advice to everyone is. Waking up at 5 am every day can work wonders to avert failures and make success a natural habit. When we wake up at 5 am, we have more time on our hands than others. Besides, this is when we have minimum interruptions and maximum powerfulness of the mind. 

To add, the early morning peace is priceless! You can schedule your most important tasks of the day between 5am, and 8am. This book teaches us in the simplest way, how we can train our mind and strengthen it to deliver the highest productivity by waking up early. This energy that you have when you wake up in the morning and the few additional hours in your day are what serve as perfect ingredients for success.

“The secret to productivity is simplicity.” – Robin Sharma

2. The power of finding the right balance in life

The book talks about a precious lesson of finding the right balance within. We often talk about the need for mindfulness and achieving the right mindset to perceive things. But this book goes a few steps ahead of our usual approach to life. It highlights the vitality of mindset and introduces the concepts of heartset, healthset, and soulset.

These terms may seem new, but they are self-explanatory. The idea of heartset endorses the essentialness of emotional stability and well-being. Next, the perspective of healthset indicates the need to look after physical health. At last, soulset is an attribute of spirituality. As explained in this book, success prospects can be enhanced big time by achieving the right balance between these internal virtues.

3. The iconic 20/20/20 modus operandi

What is the first thing you will do if you start waking up at 5 am every day? Did you ever spare a thought about it? This book has the answer to this question, and you will be convinced that it is a great way to begin your day!. The author suggests that you should split the first hour of the day into three equal parts of 20 minutes each.

In the first 20 minutes of the day, you should prioritize your physical fitness and exercise. In the next 20 minutes, you should energize your soul and spirit via self-reflection and soulful meditation. This will prepare you for the rest of the day and will enable you to bolster your commitment and focus. In the last 20 minutes of the first hour, you should read and learn. But what are you going to read about in those 20 minutes? Read about successful people and their inspiring journeys to the pinnacle of success.

4. The significance of a proper sleep schedule

In this book, there is a mention of ‘a ferocious global sleep recession’, which is intriguing and enlightening. It hints at the state of sleep deprivation that this world is sinking into gradually. We often associate success and hard work with the notion of staying up all night and testing our endurance beyond limits. But that is not the right approach to accomplishing success, or rather, it is a flawed methodology.

Sometimes even if we do not have any critical work, we keep whiling our night time on social media or television. What are we gaining from it is the real question, and I am afraid the answer is nothing! We learn from this book that it is critical to look after your sleep cycle and start your day at 5 am afresh. Sleep and rest are indispensable for mental and physical well-being, or your productivity will decline.

“If you want to have the results only 5% have, you must be willing to do and think like only 5% do and think.” – Robin Sharma

5. The art of evolving

The book sheds light on the need to be spiritual and master self-reflection. However, do you realize the purpose that the routine of reflection each morning serves? The idea is to keep learning, keep reflecting on the mistakes and keep evolution an ongoing process. You should evolve every day and strive to be a better version of yourself every day. So, one of your primary goals after waking up should be to reflect on your actions and missed opportunities of the previous day.

To recapitulate, The 5 AM Club is a must-read book if you are a passionate reader. It has the prowess and charm to refurbish your perception of life altogether. Even if you cannot read the book for some reason, make sure you incorporate the above key takeaways into your life. By starting your day at 5 am, you can rediscover your lost soul and enthusiasm, and you would not have complaints to make about the lack of time. If you can own your mornings, you can go places on the ladder of success, for excuses are only for those who are not committed to their goals.

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