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Dealing with Criticism and Rejection

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6. Be Clear.

Approach constructive feedback with an accurate perspective, not muddled with thoughts from your own inner critic. Take it as a helpful tool for your own growth and remember that ultimately the only opinion that matters is your own — because you need to be happy with what you're producing.

7. Be Grateful.

Be gracious to your critics, accept all of the feedback you receive, sit quietly and let it sink in. Be grateful to be actively creating — to have gotten past the fear and other roadblocks. Be grateful for the opportunity to have your work seen and heard. Some never get the chance.

8. Be Responsive.

Decide consciously what to do with feedback before responding, instead of reacting with the first thought or words that come to mind.

9. Be Selective.

Once you've decided what to do with the feedback you've received, be selective and willing to let go of the hurtful feedback. This usually doesn't have anything to do with you anyway; it's a reflection of that person's own happiness, state of mind and comfort with themselves.

10. Be Loving.

Be loving of your critic and ESPECIALLY of yourself. Plan some self-care treats for the day of the audition or submission. Regardless of the outcome, you deserve it!

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." — Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) •

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