Too many people fear criticism which can literally paralyze your entire life. Never taking any drastic action, living with mediocrity & simply going along with the herd.
In Napoleon Hill’s book “Think & Grow Rich” he intelligently dives into the symptoms of people who fear criticism. I’ve listed them below for your reading pleasure. Undoubtedly you’ll be able to relate & think of people you know who show the symptoms.
Its been said knowledge is power; I prefer the saying directed knowledge is power. Direct the knowledge you learn to make a precise change or difference. These lessons heavily tie into your financial wealth.
Self-Consciousness – Nervousness, timidity in conversation and in meeting strangers – Awkward movement of the hands and limbs – Shifting of the eyes,
Lack Of Poise – Lack of voice control – Nervousness in the presence of others – Poor posture of body – Poor memory
Personality – Lacking in firmness of decision, personal charm, and ability to express opinions definitely – Habit of side-stepping issues instead of meeting them squarely – Agreeing with others without careful examination of their opinions
Inferiority Complex – Habit of expressing self-approval by word of mouth and by actions, as a means of covering up a feeling of inferiority – Using “big words” to impress others, often without knowing the real meaning of the words – Imitating others in dress, speech and manners
Inferiority Complex (Continued) – Boasting of imaginary achievements – A surface appearance of a feeling of superiority• Extravagance – The habit of trying to “keep up with the Jones’s” – Spending beyond one’s income
Lack Of Initiative – Failure to embrace opportunities for self- advancement – Fear to express opinions – Lack of confidence in one’s own ideas – Giving evasive answers to questions asked by superiors – Hesitancy of manner and speech – Deceit in both words and deeds
Lack Of Ambition – Mental and physical laziness. – Lack of self-assertion. – Slowness in reaching decisions. – Easily influenced by others. – The habit of criticizing others behind their backs and flattering them to their faces.
Lack Of Ambition (Continued) – Habit of accepting defeat without protest – Quitting an undertaking when opposed by others – Suspicious of other people without cause – Lacking in tactfulness of manner and speech – Unwillingness to accept the blame for mistakes