It feels like the more I’m out there in the public eye, the more criticism I get. You need to have confidence—that’s what it takes to walk out there and sing a song in front of a huge group of people. Gwen Stefani

Criticism can sting. If it comes from a coach or someone who is committed to assisting you, it can be insightful; otherwise, it can hurt. Not everyone will celebrate your good fortune, so don’t take it personally when people take shots at you. And don’t sink to a level lower than theirs in an attempt to prove you are right and they are wrong. Shake it off, keep going, and remain in your joy. Walk away from other people’s negative opinions of you and don’t allow them to take up one more moment in your mind.

If people are talking criticism about you, you walk away, but don’t go on the gossip circuit and fan the flame. Let it die, because what comes out of their mouths and their behavior is a reflection of them. You don’t need to put others in hell in order for you to be in heaven. Don’t waste your time by wondering what people are thinking and saying about you. Don’t waste your creative, artistic energy by being distracted by someone else’s misinterpretation of you. Not everyone is going to be your cheerleader, but your fate is not finalized by what they say. Your destiny is a result of what God put in your heart.

Spiritual Contemplation: Where have you buckled to criticism and denied your greater expression? Where are you now questioning your gifts and talents and looking outside for validation? How would bringing forth that which is within you serve you better at this point than listening to the naysayers?

Affirmation: I create from the inspiration within me.

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