If you are in a position of leadership, you are eventually going to receive criticism. If you are never criticized, then there is probably something wrong. But how should you react when you are criticized? For some people, any criticism is devastating.
Here are five things that we all need to do when we receive criticism.
- Consider that there might be truth in the criticism. It is tempting to write it off as a personal attack, but there might be something useful in what they say.
- Try to understand the motive behind the criticism. Some people try to hurt, some people try to help but are not careful with their words, and some people want to help but we are too sensitive.
- Do not block out all of the encouraging voices. It is easy to filter out all of the encouragement and focus on the negative. Avoid this temptation.
- Pray for the one who criticized you. I don’t prayers for the wrath of God but prayers of blessing. It helps to not become bitter over the criticism.
- Remember that your value is not based on what other people think of you but rather in who you are in Christ. People’s disapproval of you cannot affect your true identity.