Moving into the spotlight takes courage. You raise your head above others, and sometimes people will want to knock you back down.
A famous Aristotle quote says: “Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
While we all want to be loved, not everyone is going to love you.
Whether it’s because you’ve published a book, got that great new job, your business is going well or are establishing a name for yourself, some people will always be critical or negative.
And for those who have just started to stand into the spotlight, this type of negative feedback can be confronting and distressing. The trick is to not the haters get to you.
So how do you deal with the haters?
Not all criticism is bad
At times criticism leads to positive outcomes. It opens you up to new perspectives and highlights issues that can be improved. Sometimes this isn’t easy, but you can grow from it if you allow yourself to.
Feel the love
Delete those nasty emails! Don’t keep them in your inbox. Instead keep the positive ones and feel the love and positive energy from those you are supporting your journey. Come back to them at time and use them to boost my confidence and reconnect to the reason why are stepping forward.
Live in kindness
Practicing kindness is transformational and beautiful. The kindness you offer yourself and others can transform a situation (and your life). This also allows for forgiveness, so you don’t carry the stress and negative energy around from your haters.
Don’t give away your power
Sometimes you just need to say “Screw you” – very loudly! Use the hate to drive you forward. Don’t allow cruelty or negative comments bring you down. Go out there and make it happen and seize your dreams. Believe in yourself.
Catriona Pollard is the author of ‘From Unknown To Expert’, a step by step framework designed to help entrepreneurs develop effective PR and social media strategies to become recognised as thought leaders and influencers in their field. www.UnknownToExpert.com. Catriona is also the director of CP Communications, which merges traditional PR tactics with cutting-edge social media strategies that engage consumers as well as business.