Autumn is here and I’m loving it. Are you enjoying the cooler weather of fall?
I love fall (yes, even in Las Vegas). To me, fall represents cozying up at home, days ending a little earlier, a new television season, football, cooler evenings and mornings, sweater weather and . . . pumpkin. I am so ready for fall, that I recently brought a pumpkin-scented candle into work for my office, bought pumpkin caramel corn from Trader Joes (for an office staff treat) and am enjoying my pumpkin spice coffee. Yes, I am definitely ready for fall. Life is good!
As long as we are in the workplace, we are going to be criticized at some point by someone about something. Sometimes it hurts when we are criticized, especially when we think we’ve done a good job or handled a situation the best we could. Many people take criticism about their work personally. They carry it with them all day and bring it home to their families. When this happens, their work is affected, their attitude toward co-workers and customers is affected, and they make costly mistakes.
When we disagree with the criticism, we can become so intent on defending ourselves that we lose perspective. We reject the criticizer along with the criticism, rather than objectively examining the criticism to see if there is any wisdom or perspective to be gained for our growth and development. Often, we build our case to justify what we did and why. We become stressed out and angry. Our pulse races, our stomach hurts and we wonder, “Why?” instead of “Why not?”
It’s true that not all criticism is justifiable. Not all criticism is correct or even offered in a healthy way. But we are not in control of others; we are “only” in control of ourselves. Fortunately, that is exactly what is necessary to turn criticism, of any kind, into something we can leverage toward greatness. [Read more…]