Everyone occasionally has a critic that can't help but share their opinions. Sometimes they have a good point, but listen to them too much and you'll never act. The Think, Act, Forget method helps you deal with critics constructively. Photo by Banalities.
Business site Entrepreneur explains the simple, three-step process to deal with the input from people that criticise you. It's helpful to take a moment to consider what they say and take action if you need to, but after that, you can disregard it:
- Think. Is what this person said valid?
- Act. If so, do something to correct it. If there's nothing you can do, want to do or should do, then skip this step.
- Forget. It's done. Over. You're free to live your life with reckless abandon and unchained joy.
The key here is that once you've decided the appropriate way to deal with criticism (if any), you can move on. Skipping steps one and two means you lose some thoughtful consideration that might lead to self improvement. Meanwhile, skipping step three can leave you hung up on that one thing someone told you once. Living in fear, paralysed to act isn't a good way to handle criticism.