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Ah, criticism. For some of us, the fear of it can feel SO big and SO crushing that it shuts us down completely.
Because no matter how thoughtful or honest your work is, we all know there’s a good chance someone is going to slam your for it.
And these days, that slam will likely occur in public — on the internet, for the entire world to see forever more.
The toughest part? Knowing that once you see those harsh words written about you or your work, you can’t unsee them.If you make art, you'll have critics. It's easier to critique a thing than it is to make a thing. Click To Tweet
Those stinging phrases have a way of lingering in the dark corners of your consciousness, often for decades. (Thanks negativity bias!)
If you’ve ever wondered, “How do I not let the fear of criticism crush me and make me feel worthless?” this MarieTV episode is for you.
You’ll learn three really important things to keep in mind when it comes to criticism, and a simple exercise to render your critics virtually powerless so they’ll never hold you back again.
Now I’d love to hear from you. We’ve got a two-parter today, so pick one or both and reply in the comments below.
1. If you can relate to AnneMarie’s fears, give this writing exercise a try. You can do that privately or directly in the comments below.
2. How do you personally keep criticism (whether real or the fear of it) from blocking your creativity?
Share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration and your words may be exactly what someone else needs to hear to move courageously ahead.
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Never forget. You were born to create and contribute.
And no matter how fantastic you are (and let’s be clear — YOU ARE!), not everyone is going to love you, or what you make.
Rather than let that fact hold you back, use this episode to strengthen your soul so you can keep creating and moving ahead.
Want more episodes on how to handle criticism?
Make sure you watch these too:
- Do You Let Criticism Stop You? How To Insult-Proof Your Ego.
- How To Deal With Criticism
- Thank You For Not Believing In Me
- If You Care Too Much What People Think, Watch This
Thank you so much for reading, sharing and adding your genius to the conversation. You make my world.
With so much love,