May 15, 2023

Handling Criticism, Praise, + Fear of Toxic Attacks. ~ Waylon Lewis


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Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis presents:

Mindful Mondays, with Waylon Lewis.

This week Waylon discusses three categories of judgement that one might face from others: criticism, praise, and toxic attacks. Criticism is something many of us shy away from. We shouldn’t. It can make us better, if we know how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Praise is fun, but can be uncomfortable or unhealthy. Still, it’s good information to get. Toxic attacks—those are another story, and can really hurt or…just slide right off. Let’s talk about how.

“The biggest fear or concern slowing me down is, can I handle this? Can I handle the emotionality, the criticism?” ~ Waylon Lewis 

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“Criticism is helpful. Criticism is maybe not what I want to hear or what you want to hear, but it’s fundamental to being not just in adults in this world, but to learning, to being inquisitive, and to finding out the truth. If you’re actually curious about solutions, you need criticism. It is a bit like you’re walking in the dark and criticism says, no, not this way, go this way.

When you hear criticism, you don’t necessarily have to agree with it, but you need to hear it. It makes you smarter. It is helpful if we take it that way.

Praise is something that you want to hear and you want to keep on hearing…but you don’t want to get sucked into it. That’s a distraction. Because if all we’re doing is trying to get praise, then we’re losing our path, losing our focus on solutions.” ~ Waylon Lewis

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