How to deal with criticism

2013 - How to deal with criticism

Criticism is hard to take! Sometimes when someone criticizes me, I can take it personally — probably because I’m a people pleaser and want people to be happy.

This was especially true with my parents.  I hated letting them down.  So when they criticize me for something, I would feel awful about myself and like a total failure.  I would allow people’s harsh words stop me from believing in myself and my dreams.

Does this sound like you too?

Well, these days, I’ve gotten much better at dealing with criticism, even with my parents.  It doesn’t bother me as much when people say stuff I don’t want to hear.  In fact, I welcome it with open arms.


Because I started looking at criticism in a whole new light.

In this week’s episode of Simple Tips to bring JOY to your Life and Business, I share my new take on criticism and why it’s beneficial to have every once in a while.



You see when you get upset over something someone said about you, it gives them power.  Instead, look at what they said in a new way and give yourself the power.

We are all capable of handling criticism in stride.  You just have to shift your perspective on what is being said.  Once you do, nothing can stop you!

Really, Georgia O’Keeffe said it best, “I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.” (you can tweet this)

Because it doesn’t matter what people say to you.  Only you can choose how you feel.

How are you handling criticism?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Leave a comment below and share your words of wisdom with the rest of the community!

About the JOY Coach

Minling Chuang

Minling is the founder of {the JOY depot} and is on a mission to help new entrepreneurs start their dream business. She spent many years working on branding strategies for top brands like Lean Cuisine & Nestle Toll House and launching multimillion dollar products. Now Minling's passion is to help people create profitable businesses they love! She is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher in Venice, CA. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. And if you want to start your own business, book a clarity session with Minling.

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