I am coming to realize that I receive criticism in two ways: one way is from someone with whom I have built a long-term relationship who can objectively and constructively provide me feedback (wouldn’t be great if we always received feedback that way). The other way is when someone has a message I need to hear that I don’t want to hear.
It has taken me a long time to realize which professional areas I need to improve upon. For a long time, one of the areas I need to work on has been my writing. I was convinced I was a proficient to moderate writer although I was told multiple times I needed to improve my grammar and structure. It took a number of comments from people who were much better writers than I for me to start to see how much my writing needed to improve.
Through those experiences I started to learn how to receive information I needed to hear but didn’t want to hear. It is altogether too easy to listen to those people in our lives who will only affirm us and tell us we do everything well. But it takes a lot of internal strength to receive criticism.
Do you have any tips and techniques on how to receive this kind of information? Leave a comment below.