Mind­ful mo­ment…

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

IR­ISH IN­DE­PEN­DENT There’s a say­ing that goes: to avoid crit­i­cism, do noth­ing, say noth­ing and be noth­ing. The idea be­ing that no mat­ter what you do, some­body is go­ing to find fault with it, and if you want to do any­thing in life you’re go­ing to have to find a way to deal with crit­i­cism. But it’s hard, isn’t it? Crit­i­cism has al­ways stung me. I am a nat­u­ral peo­ple pleaser. I want to keep peo­ple happy and for ev­ery­one to like me all the time. I know that this is not re­al­is­tic. So how do I learn to han­dle crit­i­cism?

Life coach Paul McGee shares th­ese tips for 2 Septem­ber 2017 deal­ing with crit­ics: First, ask what were the other per­son’s mo­tives for crit­i­cis­ing me? Were they to make them­selves look good or just ex­press­ing an opin­ion from a dif­fer­ing point of view? If so, let it wash right off you.

Sec­ondly what part of the crit­i­cism (if any) could I agree with and pos­si­bly learn from? It’s not easy to take crit­i­cism on board but can be help­ful.

Just make sure you’re tak­ing it from some­one whose mo­tives are good.

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