“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember~ the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of YOU.”
Why do some people have to try to make you feel small in order for them to feel big? I have never understood this, but I am sure we have all experienced it. You’re riding high, things are going right then BAM, someone takes a swipe at you.
In hindsight, it is easy to see their motive, they are unhappy and want to take down anyone who isn’t. Out of jealousy, spite, or just plain grouchiness, who really knows. Whatever the reason, they get some sort of boost out of the interaction, so it’s worth it to them.
In the moment, for me at least, they are usually successful, and I am taken down a notch or 10 depending on the severity of the attack. In that moment we need to forgive ourselves for allowing this to happen, because you can’t always see such attacks coming and if you were constantly on guard for such things, you’d be a wreck. Been there, done that, not pretty, believe me.
It is what you do after the attack that matters the most. Do you mull over it incessantly, or do you pick yourself back up, brush off the assault and go on?
Maybe you actually confront the attacker and ask, “Why did you do that?” and then move on. You’ve then brought their petty behavior to light by acknowledging it, and that helps you to regain your power. Then bringing yourself back up and moving on like nothing happened, well, that’s just priceless.
Have a great Wednesday!