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5 Ways To Ride Out Criticism & Get Back On The Horse

I’m enjoying a long weekend break with my family in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. And right now I’m sitting in a cute Italian place that sells real Italian gelato and coffees, writing this up within a thirty minutes time limit bestowed upon me, whilst the Husband and Child indulge themselves with the delicacies on offer.

You may be wondering why there is a thirty minutes time limit. Well, the family wasn’t too pleased with me working during our break. After an outpour of ‘you can’t be working, we’re meant to be on a break’, the only way around was for ‘them’ to set me a time limit and ‘me’ to bribe them with a chocolate gelato and some mint tea!

Family fun and frolics hey!

However, I had to take a few minutes out to gather my thoughts about how I really felt about the outpour. And this took me back to many other instances in the past, when others told me about how they felt about what I did, felt or thought.

A few years ago I would have gone ballistic, because I hadn’t distinguished between feedback and criticism. Feeling crushed by what others said about my actions was something that I really had to work on. And I’m glad to say that today; I’m a little wiser.

The wisdom brought along with it a certain knowing – that at the end of the day, when I felt completely exhausted, it often had nothing to do with all the things I had achieved. It wasn’t even a consequence of juggling multiple responsibilities or projects. It wasn’t even about getting too little sleep.

I realized that when I felt exhausted, you could be sure about me bending over backwards trying to win everyone’s approval. I had obsessed over what people thought of me; assigned speculative and usually inaccurate meanings to feedback I’d received, and lost myself in negative thoughts about criticism and its merit.

In today’s episode of Preet TV – 5 Ways To Ride Out Criticism & Get Back On The Horse – I’m going to share with you some of my strategies that got me back to finding the real meaning of what I now know as feedback rather than criticism.

Go on, hit play and see what seems familiar to you, hear what you really want to be listening to, and feel the liberation that comes with objective feedback.

I learnt that I had to be comfortable with receiving feedback, even when it was dressed up as the smarty-ass criticism. And I’d like to share a wonderful quote by Miguel Ruiz that keeps me on my toes when it comes to dealing with the so called critics – “When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”

Now I’d love to hear from you. Do you struggle hearing feedback or criticism? Do you find it hard to cope with setbacks? What do you do to stay present and gather positives from it?

Please comment below and share your tricks.

Thanks muchly for watching and I’ll see you next week on Preet TV.

Crusty hugs!
Preet xo

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