When someone criticises or discourages you, you get to choose how it impacts you.

You can ignore it completely.

You can let the words sink into your soul.

You can protest and take offense.

You can take on board that which is relevant and discard the rest.

Similarly, when someone praises or encourages you, you can choose the impact that it has.

You can brush it off with false humility.

You can recall their words later with fondness.

You can allow your head to wobble a bit as your pride increases.

You can allow yourself to feel good for a moment, whilst understanding that you may still have a lot of improving to do.

Life is rarely what happens to us and more about how we respond.

We don’t get to choose the words that others speak, but we can choose how they impact us.