Do you agree that constructive criticism, even if very constructive, can be tough to accept? Yes, many times it is difficult to accept because of the unique nature of individuals. Some people ignore any type of criticism, but others can’t. Some criticisms make us sad and affect our mental health and daily life. In this article, learn how to use constructive criticism to your advantage, hone in on whatever it is you are working on, and improve it for the better.
What Is Criticism?
The expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes. The analysis and judgement of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work.
What Is Constructive Criticism?
Constructive criticism is a feedback method that offers specific, actionable recommendations helpful to improve and grow better. Good constructive criticism facilitates positive outcomes and creates a positive and better working environment. Constructive criticism also provides a safe space where a person feels secure enough to ask questions, seek help, and share ideas for achieving success in life.
Criticism even if constructive, can be tough to accept especially if you put a lot of effort, time, and resources into something and it’s important to you. It’s not easy to hear someone tell you about its faults or how it comes up short in some way. Often, the first response to this type of feedback is to get defensive or feel offended. However, constructive criticism can be incredibly valuable. When used properly, it enables you to hone whatever you are working on and improve it for the better. The next time you receive constructive criticism keep these five tips in mind to make the most of it.
5 Tips To Accept Constructive Criticism
- Look Past Your Initial Reaction
- Ask Questions About How You Can Improve
- Be Thankful for Feedback
- Filter In Useful Criticism & Filter Out Useless Criticism
- Create an Action Plan & Discuss How to Make Changes
1. Look Past Your Initial Reaction
It’s important to recognize that no matter how good you get at accepting constructive criticism, it will almost always sting at first. Humans hate criticism more than anything else and often get bogged down in the initial reaction, becoming more offended the more they focus on the criticism. So when you get constructive criticism, it’s easy to get heated and feel the need to defend yourself in the moment. Instead, step back to reflect on the actual feedback before acting. Most of the time it’ll end up making you a better person. While it’s okay to feel hurt or upset at first, you need to move quickly past that and approach it with a sincere and beneficial manner. Look at how you can use the criticism to improve. See how that constructive criticism can help you learn and grow instead of just becoming angry or defensive.
2. Ask Questions About How You Can Improve
Once you receive constructive criticism and have calmly looked past your initial reactions, ask for clarification. If the criticism is valid, ask the person who has given it if they have any specific recommendations on how you can improve or what would resolve their criticism. They may offer you insight that you hadn’t thought about or fill in a gap that you didn’t see until you receive their feedback. You may then be able to incorporate these suggestions to learn grow and improve.
3. Be Thankful for Feedback
Because constructive criticism is an opportunity for growth, it’s important to thank those who provide genuine, honest feedback. Be grateful for valid constructive criticism because it can save you from future pitfalls and failures while improving your product service or character. By thanking the person who offered the feedback, you can more graciously accept it while making the most of it. This will also show them that you truly appreciate their input and they’ll be more likely to help you in the future. People are often hesitant to offer constructive criticism because it opens them up to criticism as well. But when you show gratitude for having received feedback, they’ll continue to be honest with you in the future.
4. Filter In Useful Criticism & Filter Out Useless Criticism
While it’s important to accept constructive criticism, there are times when the criticism is not necessary or helpful. Some people come from negative backgrounds and are always looking for flaws and will aim to point them out whenever they get a chance. These people will criticize for the sake of criticizing. Be aware that this criticism is different from useful, constructive criticism. It offers little value and will not help you learn, grow, or improve. If you feel the criticism you’ve received falls into this category, smile, thank them, and move on. However don’t fall into the trap where you view all criticism as unfounded, as most really is genuine and well-meaning. This is where you’ll need to identify which points of criticism can help you and which are more emotional and subjective to the person providing feedback. It will take honest introspection and setting aside your own attachment and emotions, to determine the difference between constructive criticism and useless criticism.
5. Create an Action Plan & Discuss How to Make Changes
Constructive criticism is only useful if it creates a change and causes a beneficial action. This is where it’s important to take what you’ve learned from the constructive feedback you received and apply it. Create an action plan based on constructive criticism with specific steps to address any of the concerns or issues brought up in the feedback. You can even schedule a time to discuss this action plan and the resulting changes with the person who offered the critique to gain even more constructive feedback on your improvements or action plan. While human nature makes us hesitant to accept criticism it’s important to recognize that constructive criticism from the right source can be an invaluable tool for improvement. So be willing to look past your initial reaction to the feedback, ask questions on how you can improve, and most importantly put the constructive criticism into action.
And now that you know the five tips, you can make the most of the constructive criticism you receive to live a better life and achieve more success.
References: Brian Tracy – YouTube
From the above, you must have understood that constructive criticism builds trust and provides an opportunity for both parties to grow. Remember, it’s not very easy to give or receive constructive criticism. Hope that this article has helped you with the tools to feel more positive in your ability to understand about the benefits of constructive criticism.
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