This column is authored by Ashish Sharma, Vice President at TT Consultants
There are times in our lives where we are in debate with none other than but ourselves, times where we debrief our own existence. Moments of criticisms & failures can be one of those unfavourable phases in our existence where one can feel impotent and futile very easily.
All points in our lives cannot be acme and there will assuredly be some low moments. It’s up to us how to handle and control our emotions in those rough situations. Be it personal or professional front, criticism is just unavoidable.
Criticism is inevitable and omnipresent yet we all give our valiant efforts to escape it. Everyone at some point in their life have been criticised but people never cease to believe that they can never be castigated.
In such times, one can either choose to go away with the tide of emotions to act foolishly and worsen the situation OR one can act sagely and retrospect to learn.
My life has been a bid dipper ride and I, probably like everyone else, have seen many lows. There were a few people who respected me for who I am and my work, and at the same time there were many who criticised.
Again like many of us, I was able to overcome those difficult times, even I was better and stronger than before.
But here is a list of certain things that I learned from such times. It may help you, it may entertain you, it can attract criticism, but I’m sure it will definitely of some use.
The more you Embrace it, the less power it has
Failures, adversities, criticism and bad times all have one thing in common, that these make you feel less valued easily.
Such times may also increase the anxiety and melancholy. We would like to run away from it and do not want to think about it but at the same time we can’t stop thinking about it.
People would advice you to not wonder anything about it. However, the truth is the more you start accepting it, the situation start becoming weaker.
Accepting does not mean that you start talking loudly with people about the situation, however, it is more about convincing yourself that these low moments are just part of the life just like the happy moments and these will certainly go away and you may not even remember this bad time ten years down the line.
So, be calm and accept the fact that life is a melody of high and low notes.
Take off your shield
Sometimes, we can’t control how people perceive us, and in such situations we should always keep away our ego and just not indulge in the further argument.
If you really want someone to stop attacking you, sometimes its better to keep your armor away and call it a truce.
Remember that people who are trying to defame you are not fighting with you but they are fighting with themselves.
Don’t drag yourself in the mud that they are in
Some people through there tactics always want to drag you to their low standards because they can’t accept and respect you for who you are.
Such people want to use different ways to pull you down to their lower standards.
Be careful, because if you do not stop yourself they will succeed in their motive. Control your emotions and do not drag yourself into their world.
Replace your anxiety with equanimity
Even at your best, people will always have something to criticise you and it is almost difficult to please everyone. So be happy and enjoy the ride.
Last but not the least, affair with criticism is graceful only when you succeed
People love stories about failures & criticisms, and the bragging about your past failures feels romantic only when you are able to succeed later on. So do not try to please people instead focus on your goal and keep working toward it.
Always remember that many successful people in the world were criticised, bullied and forbidden at some moment in their lives but they were able to overcome those with their persistence and beliefs. So don’t be afraid of being a forbidden and unsung hero, only a few have a privilege to live a successful life.