Never React Emotionally to Criticism

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Never React Emotionally to Criticism 

"Never react emotionally to criticism.

analyze yourself to determine

whether it is justified.

If it is, correct yourself, other wise,

go on about your business."

Norman Vincent Peale, author  


As I see it. . . . . . . .

Never react emotionally to criticism  

If you are on the receiving end of criticism don't over react.  

Look at the source of the criticism and determine if the criticism has merit. If the criticism is negative but valid, thank the person for sharing the information with you and make ever effort to correct the situation.   

If you are at fault stay in control of the situation by admitting that you where at fault and take responsible for your actions. By admitting your responsible you will defuse the other person and the situation will not be accelerated.    

If in analyze of the criticism you find that it's not valid we have several choices.  

Once you determine that the criticism is not valid, dismiss it and move forward.  

If the criticism is coming from a person that has continued to criticism you without merit or being truthful you may want to professionally approach that person have ask them for their help. Ask them to share with you for the source of their criticism and clear up any areas of misunderstanding.   

Thank the person for their input and ask them to speak to you personally in the future before they share information (criticism) with other people to ensure that they have their facts right.  

Remain calm and in control to find the best way to resolve the situation but never react emotionally to criticism because in many cases the exactly what they are looking for.   

Never react emotionally to criticism and you will remind in control of your emotions and as a result you will make far better decisions.   

©2010 Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author



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Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

Hi Lou

No one is perfect nor is anyone infallible. Learning to make apologies when they are due is the best way to grow as a person.  What other people do with that or those who perpetuate ill will are simply not worth paying attention to particularly if they will take great measures to win an arguement. There are always two sides to every story- not just the side they want you know about.   Good advice I liked the post!

Oct 31, 2010 04:18 AM #1
Laura Pearlman
Blue Carrot Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Break Out Of The Box...

Hi Lou, really goodpost. I do my best to always think first and if necessary, then respond. Responding from an emotional standpoint doesn'tdo me any good, I need to think, digest...Not that I always practice this but I work real hard at it...

Oct 31, 2010 04:34 AM #2
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Lou -- Great advice! It is hard to follow sometimes, but if you can do it you'll be a better person.

Oct 31, 2010 05:09 AM #3
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Lou - Criticism is a fact of life and I don't see it going away.  This is a great quote and we need to think before we react.

Oct 31, 2010 05:22 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lou- it can be a bitter pill to swallow but like most "medicine" it's meant to help us.  

Oct 31, 2010 06:50 AM #5
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Take a deep breath and step away !!!!!!!!!!  Calm down and you'll negoiate better  !!!

Oct 31, 2010 12:02 PM #6
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Take a deep breath and step away !!!!!!!!!!  Calm down and you'll negoiate better  !!!

Oct 31, 2010 12:02 PM #7
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Criticism is a difficult thing for most of us all to handle. We see ourselves as pretty much above the rest. Sometimes we need to clean the fog off our mirrors!

Nov 01, 2010 03:41 AM #8
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

That's a tough one, but as Michael says, take a deep breath and think before you open your mouth!

Nov 01, 2010 11:29 PM #9
James McGary
Agents Set Free, Inc - Irvine, CA

Great advice Lou.

Nov 02, 2010 03:11 AM #10
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