That first moment of internal angst? That's your critic talking to you. This is the moment you shove a cookie in the critic's mouth.
Here's how you do it.
RANDOM PERSON: "Hey, how's that new guitar-playing hobby going? Are you sticking with it?"
YOU (internally): Oh, hey critic. Yeah, I know we're still figuring out the whole guitar thing. Thank you for trying to help out and make me feel better, but I don't need you to protect me. Here you go. Please eat this cookie and sit down, critic. We'll talk later."
YOU (externally): "I love the guitar! Could always be practicing more."
My Slack group friend broke it down this way by saying that to deal with the critic, we need to:
acknowledge the good the critic brings
how does that make you feel
what do you NEED
make a critic request (The request can be...I need you to eat your cookie now, and we can talk later).
I'm gonna give this one a try and report back. You should too!
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