It’s not ever really fun to be on the receiving end of criticism, at least not for me. Yet in spite of the dreary feeling of being judged, I am aware that constructive criticism can save all things dear to you from destruction or abuse, including yourself. Sometimes it’s hard to hear, but it can make the difference between success and failure.
Proverbs 15:22 says it this way:
22 Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.
Here are four principles to help you receive criticism with joy.
B – Be open. Never allow yourself to get to the place where you think you know it all, have arrived, or are always right. Remember, pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
E – Evaluate the facts honestly. Listen to what is said without a defensive pose. Take time to think over the evidence or logic that is presented.
A – Accept the truth and reject error. Once you have objectively assessed what you hear, then you simply take what is useful to heart and get rid of the rest.
M – Mature. Use what was useful to be a better person. Build a better business or move to the next step in accomplishing your dream or purpose. Take corrective action as soon as possible.
I find that knowing these steps ahead of time takes the perceived sting out of criticism that can well help you fulfill your dream.
Do you think this will work? Is it hard for you to receive a critical review of yourself or your actions? Why or why not?