Not too long ago, I was listening to Steve Harvey’s audiobook Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success and one chapter really struck a chord with me. He talked about how to respond to negative comments from others. His advice was … you don’t respond at all!

Later that week, I was reading a post from Gabby Bernstein and lo and behold, she said the same thing! Was the universe trying to tell me something? HELL YES!

Realize there’s always going to be critics out there

We have all been there. We hear ‘this and that’ was said about us and we get so upset, instantly going on the defensive. It’s totally natural! We want to protect our name, clear the rumors and shout to the world that the negative comments aren’t true.

Ladies and gentleman! You have to come to terms with the fact that not everyone is going to be on your team. And that is totally OK!

Focus on the positive instead

What you have to remember is you’re in charge of how you react. Don’t let another person’s negativity stop you from moving forward.

Remember: when we focus on the negative, we attract more of the same. It also encourages more of our critics to come crawling out of the woodwork.

Remember your worth

When you know who you are and love yourself unconditionally, it’s easy to recognize you are worthy NO MATTER WHAT.

If you know your worth, the negative comments will hardly bother you. Sure you may flinch for a moment … but then you can step back and get curious. Ask yourself ‘Hmmm, I wonder what he or she must be going through to spew those nasty comments?

Celebrate the good ones

How often have you allowed someone’s nasty comments to drain your energy and time or even, ruin your day?

Don’t let yourself get stuck in that ‘he-said-she-said’ prison because all that will do is keep you in a dark hole of self-sabotage.

Thank the critics for their contribution to your growth, blow them a big fat kiss goodbye, smile and then run - don’t walk - towards those that provide you with constructive feedback,