Criticism can be a double-edged sword. On one hand it can help you to improve, but on the other hand, it can shatter your confidence if you allow it. Knowing how to deal with criticism is vital to improving yourself in both your professional and personal life.
How do you feel when someone criticizes you? Maybe you’ve had someone criticize your work, your effort, or personal aspects of your life. You may feel hurt or angry. You may even become defensive.
It takes a good deal of courage to allow people to see your true self. People might not like your true self. People might find your true self boring and uninteresting. People may criticize and ridicule your true self. People may even be offended by you being your true self. But on the other hand, an awesome thing can happen when you allow people to see who you truly are. When you present yourself to the world just as you are, flaws and all, you allow yourself to be vulnerable.
During these unsettling times of uncertainty in the workforce because of coronavirus, I still think it’s important to strive toward work-life balance. There’s already been a lot said and written about work-life balance over the years, so I won’t say a lot more, but I do want to say a few things as a reminder. I read a LinkedIn post once in which a CEO claimed that work-life balance is crap. I thought that was such an ill-advised statement. Going through life unbalanced is uncomfortable, unhealthy and unproductive.
Reaching your goal requires dedicated focus. While working toward accomplishing your goal, it’s necessary to blur out anything that is distracting and focus solidly on the goal and what it takes to complete it. You must focus on completing the steps and tasks that will bring the goal to completion.