I used to become very defensive when somebody criticised me.
And when I write "defensive" I mean that I felt hurt and shut down.
I thought that by keeping others and their words out, I would avoid the pain their words caused.
I believed that by being in a position where their words couldn't touch me (emotionally), I was keeping the upper hand.
I was wrong.
Most of the time, what I interpreted as criticism was simply others not understanding why I did what I did or said what I said. Often, it was a simple miscommunication which due to my reaction resulted in conflict (professionally and personally).
What actually happened though was that I missed major opportunities for effective dialogue, more harmonious relationships and even creative inspiration to create more innovative business solutions.
Nowadays, when somebody gives me critical feedback, I hear them out to relate to where they are coming from.
Sometimes what they say still stings. But I calmly and gratefully lead myself through the conversation because every single time I learn something that helps me understand them, myself and my work better.
When you are ready to learn how to lead yourself through challenging emotional situations more effectively, message me.