The Shortened Get-On-With-Your-Life Version
?Avoid hasty knee jerk replies to it
?Let it marinate a while before responding
?Brainstorm how the legitimate criticism can be turned into positive changes and actions?
?Thank the messenger (unless a chronic criticizing naysayer and then just let it go and move on with your day)
The Longer Version
When it comes to criticism, I try super hard not to respond too quickly. Now, of course, I don't always succeed with my good intentions, but I try.
For most folks, criticism stings even when offered to us in a genuinely constructive manner. It kind of hurts a bit more when we know we earned it. When it's unwarranted, however, the sting can explode into anger or at least hit many nerves.