Dealing with Criticism – King Tiger Martial Arts Chesapeake
“Don’t mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it. If it is unfair, keep from irritation. It if is ignorant, smile. If it is justified, learn from it.” ~Unknown
It can be beneficial to ignore criticism occasionally, especially if it becomes a barrier to your goals. But criticism is not always wrong. Sometimes in our martial arts training, we must accept and learn from criticism. Let’s say you’re testing for your next belt, but your instructor wants you to test a second time to make sure you are really ready. You can respond to his criticism in two different ways. You could be mad at your instructor and feel bad, or you could make the wise choice and accept his criticism as positive help to make you a great Black Belt. It is important to learn from criticism, especially if it comes from the right person for the right reason.
Much of the time, in life as well as the martial arts, we disregard all criticism because we simply do not want to hear it. That attitude, however, will make you unable to use the criticism to be better. Don’t overlook the positive benefits of justified criticism. Accept it, learn from it, and it will drive you toward your goals.
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