Many of us are afraid of criticism. It can be difficult to hear opiniones negativas about ourselves, and we often view criticism as something inherently negative. However, not all criticism is bad. Some people may criticize you out of a genuine desire to help you improve. It’s important to learn how to accept constructive criticism and turn it into something positive. By doing so, you can develop your strengths and skills, and live a more fulfilling life.
Here are some tips to help you accept positive feedback:
- Consider the motive: Think about the person who is criticizing you. Are they someone who has always offered you support? If so, chances are their motive is genuine. On the other hand, if you’re unsure about someone’s motives, it’s always a good idea to be cautious.
- Honestly question yourself: Take a moment to listen to the criticism and see if it truly fits with what’s happening with you. Replay the situation in your mente and consider alternatives. Sometimes, an outsider can see something you may have overlooked.
- Filter the feedback: Identify the constructive criticism and put the unfounded criticisms behind you. Use the constructive criticism to inspire you how to. move forward. Remember that there will always be detractors, but do your best to take those people with a grain of salt.
It’s important to remember that criticism is just another obstacle in life. You can allow it to break you down, or you can use it to learn and grow. Certainly, there are those who criticize just to be unkind. They cover their own insecurities by trying to make others feel bad. However, there are other, sincere people who only want the best for you. Those criticisms are the ones that you can benefit from by viewing them constructively.
Dr. Patty Jiménez is the Founder of Recetas. She obtained 2 Masters in Theology and Ministry and a Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Latinx theology and ministry. She has over 27 years experience in Catholic Ministry and is a spiritual director and training as a wellness coach.