Monday Motivation

Embrace Criticism

Turn criticism into a positive.
Seek it out.
Turn it to your advantage:
Ask how you, or your work, can be improved.
View the criticisms dispassionately:
use the good ones,
ignore the poor ones.

Now is the time by Patrick Lindsay

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  1. Such good advice!! I must admit it's difficult to do this. It's so easy to focus on the negative and than the positive most of the time.

  2. First of all, that's a great picture. Second, I love that advice. I wasn't always great at receiving criticism, but now I understand that people are just trying to share what they know.

  3. I don't do criticism well at all. I mean there are ways of saying things that are diplomatic, but outright blunt criticism makes me very upset and I cry. I grew up in a home with a very critical mother; nothing I did was right. As a result, I don't have a thick skin at all. Now she complains that I'm 'too sensitive'. Well duh.

  4. Brrr! Gorgeous but chilly looking picture!

    Great advice!! I tend to not take criticism well usually, it's something I need to continuously work on. We can learn so much from it, so it's very important to listen to advice given. You are also correct in that not all advice or criticism is right for us and some needs to be "thrown out" so to speak, but when we really listen, we can learn and grow.

  5. Amazing photo! I really have a hard time accepting criticism without getting defensive or feeling hurt. I know I need to get past that. Good reminder.

  6. Wow! That's some picture! Are you getting a lot of snowfall? I live in Canada and we are being snowed in!
    I tend to take in criticism when I choose to. If I know I can do it I will, else I tend to keep a deaf ear. Ouch! But yea this year I am tyring to be a bit organized. Taking one step at a time!

  7. That's a hard one for me. I generally don't take criticism well but it kind of depends on who is giving it and what it's about.

  8. What a fantastic piece of advice, yet so very difficult to follow! criticism is so personal that it is a real challenge to use objectively. But if you can, it can be so very valuable!

  9. I think that it all depends upon the manner in which criticism is given. If it is given kindly and with encouragement to improve upon one's weak points, it can be a positive motivator. It also helps if the negative criticism is balanced out with a positive compliment. . . such as "This report is good but with a little bit of work it could be excellent I do think you did a fantastic job of the graphs and charts, they are impeccable."

    Valerie - thank you for the kind comment you left on my blog. It is truly appreciated. :)

  10. I'm glad I'm inside looking at the snowy tree.

    The quote is helpful to me because sometimes I take things personally and see the negative before the positive.

    Thanks, Valerie for the reminder.

  11. Beautiful Pic :)

    Beautiful Words :)

    Cheers, T. :)


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