BeAwesome: #317 How to Accept #Criticism

BeAwesome: #317 How to Accept #Criticism

ItsNotThatBad

If dogs can take it, we can too!

Criticism is not for the weak

What is the meaning of criticism? The expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes. An analysis and judgment of a literary or artistic work. To be critiqued or reviewed.

Criticism is something we all have to deal with. Some of us are good at it, and some of us flat-out stink. Growing up, I never really noticed when I was being critiqued or reviewed. In school (university), teachers would watch my presentations. While playing sports, coaches would critique my play. When others would give me feedback, I would never take offence to what they were saying. I never really thought about it as criticism (but it was). I embraced the facts, and use it to get an A+ instead of a B. 5 more points to make 10. I was blessed with the idea that it was simple help (which it truly is/depending on how you take it). I never really thought about it as anything else.

Unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. When someone speaks to us about our skill, we act different. People “take offence”. Many of us show anger. Some of us go as far as physical involvement. Our body language changes and our tone of voice becomes different. Why? We often forget what others are trying to do for us. We forget how to act like professionals amongst one another. When being reviewed | critiqued | judged | in a proper manner, we need to sit back and take it all in. How do you get something from this experience? Here are some simple things to remember:

Feedback

FeedbackDog

FeedbackDog

Know matter what is said you must consider it some form of feedback. This can be tough. What if it is not what you want to hear? Guess what? It very may well be. BUT you need to suck it up and use the feedback to better what ever it is you are doing. Feedback is what makes you approve. Feedback allows you to see what you need to practice or work on. Accept feedback and use it to keep the motivation alive

Be a good listener

:-)

#GoodListener

The point of criticism is to get feedback (see above) and you can’t receive good feedback if you are not listening. You will run into people who you do not like (that is life). You will not want to listen to these people. Matter of fact, you may possibly not stand to even look at them. BUT. You still need to be a good listener. A friend use to tell me, “take something out of every conversation you have, and use it to your advantage”, and this is exactly what you have to do with criticism. Give your undivided attention even if it hurts. You will receive something that will benefit you, if you listen.

Reply with manners

LeaveAGoodImpression

LeaveAGoodImpression

Sometimes your trigger instinct is to respond in defence. In a different tone or manner. If you want to really get something out of this experience you need to reply with manners. Who cares, if it is not what you wanted to hear. Be a professional and take it like a grown-up. Why add more fuel to the fire. Even if you disagree with everything they are saying, say “thank you”. You do not have to go and do what ever they say. They are giving you ideas and suggestions for next time. It is up to you to put them into place if you think it will influence the results for the next time. If you want to be respected by others, you should probably do the same to them (even if they do not show it to you. Be the bigger person)

Criticism is the pathway to success

AndyMurraysPups

AndyMurraysPups

Criticism builds character. It gives you an idea of what you need to do to get better at what you love or need to get done. You can ask questions. Find out what others think about your progress. Everyone who is successful, used criticism to build on what they have to get what they got. It takes a lot to stand there and listen to someone critique you. Talk about you, and review what you’ve done. Know matter what they say, you should benefit from the conversation. Whether it causes you to work harder or change a few ideas, it is all-beneficial in the process of being successful.

-BeAwesome

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BeAwesome: #292 Rescue

BeAwesome: #292 Rescue

I’d like to think that I’m brave. That’s a really wonderful personality trait to have. I would love to think I’m the type of person to go rescue someone. Actually I am that type of person- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 

RescueDog

RescueDog

DOG SURVIVES

So I stumbled across this story in the paper (Nova Scotia, Canada) the other day via Ross Simmonds. And I was reading. And it happen to be one of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a while. It was short. And It was about a dog. Not exactly what I was looking for. But I started to read anyways. A dog who survives a terrifying ordeal on the Halifax Bridge. In short this is what happen. It was early morning and traffic was starting to gather on the bridge. A lady noticed cars slowing down. And some cars literally driving over something. In a flash, this lady, stopped her car, jumped out and look to realize it was a dog. Without even second guessing, she ran back to her car and wrapped this dog into a blanket she had in her backseat. With her day already tangled, because of her courageous act, she transported the dog to a near by clinic. The dog was reported to have badly fractured jaw, head trauma and inured paw and tail. The vet bill was 2,500$. (And it was not even her dog). Needless to say, this lady asked social media (Facebook) to help out and she ended up finding the owner and raising enough money for the bill. What does this mean. Why did she rescue this unidentified dog. Why did others, continue to pay zero attention to this living thing.

RESCUE

Sometimes we get wrapped up in life. Mine you. A lot of the time we get wrapped up. We so focused on ourselves that we forget about the people and things around us. Rescue; Save someone from a dangerous situation. An act of saving. Escape. In life sometimes we have to be selfish. Yes. That is an important part of success. But not to an extent were we are hurting others physically or mentally. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to swallow our pride and do the right thing. Rescue those who are in need. Who need help. I am not asking you to jump into a burning building. I am not asking you to dive into an ocean of sharks. Making the right choices and showing you care about something or someone is important. Being nice and what it entitles is often forgotten in our busy lives. Not only. To your friends or coworkers. A commitment to being nice is year around. And towards anyone/thing you come across. Do you have to like everyone. Or hang out with them every weekend. Of course not. But being nice is the key. Never let a distraction stop you from helping. Or being there. Or recognizing what should happen in a situation. Take care of yourself. The people and things around you. And your future will be bright.

Purpose:Direction

Purpose:Direction

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME rescue. We take it upon ourselves to do what it takes to help others. When we can. If we feel comfortable. We like to assist our helping hand. We consider the feelings of others. We look out for the human being, not just the group of friends. Family. And coworkers. We are a unit of rescuers.

-BEAWESOME

BeAwesome: #209 Nurture

BeAwesome: #209 Nurture

If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more- Brian Koslow 

Nurture

You are smart. You are someone with a lot to offer. Others are waiting for you to nurture and support them, or, help them get through the day. The week. The month. The year. You may not know it. Believe it. Or understand it. But everyone is to be used in this manner. If you are not nurturing someone, you are wasting knowledge. Caring. Loving. Giving. Bring someone up. Help them be successful. Carry what you have and teach them what is right and how to get there. Nurture those who want to be more than what they are. Nurture those who believe they are not anything. Everyone deserves this idea. Life is about helping and nurturing those who need help building confidence. Encouragement. Passion. Helping others find what they love to do. Be a provider. Be someone who others can look up to. Trust. Believe and want to follow. To nurture is not to baby. To nurture is to look out for. Those who are AWESOME nurture. Taking an individual under your wing. Nurture

 -BeAwesome