“The people who accept criticism are the ones who are genuinely interested in self-improvement.”
When criticism comes our way, we all suddenly turn into starship warriors, immediately deploying force fields to protect ourselves against the discomfort and judgment that comes with it. Yet, by doing that, we often prevent ourselves from realizing the stellar opportunity that criticism offers.
Criticism, even that which we feel is groundless, provides an opportunity to better understand ourselves or understand how others perceive us. And we can use that understanding to make necessary improvements in ourselves and/or in our interactions with others.
So when we say we are “accepting criticism,” we mean that we are accepting the opportunity it offers to support ourselves and our personal effectiveness. And that’s something we don’t want to protect ourselves from