The Gift of G.A.B. Goals, Attitudes, Behaviours

Criticism anyone? No?? You don’t like to be criticized? Imagine that. Well, like it or not, chances are good it’s going to be coming soon to a theatre near you (or maybe for you?).

So… why not be a little bit prepared. Here are a few ideas that may help you handle criticism better:

Listen – Take a deep breath, resist the urge to interrupt. Hear what they are saying.

Respond, don’t react – your response make take some time – maybe even a day or two to come. Think about what they said. There may be some insight at hand whether you like the way they delivered the information or not. Take some time to absorb the information, and respond thoughtfully, not full of emotion.

Forgive – we don’t know other people’s story, why they do what they do or say what they say. Try not to hold a grudge. Take what information you can get out of the situation and move on.

Remember you get to choose whether situations will make you better or bitter.

Handling criticism well, it’s just one more way to live Your Life, Unlimited!


Speaking of handling life well, meet my guest on the Your Life, Unlimited radio show this week, Daniel Labay. Daniel’s passion for extreme mountain biking left him a paraplegic with no regrets. His unending optimism and zest for life is contagious and inspiring. Conor Cunneen also joined us on the broadcast to share his Gifts of the G.A.B. – Goals-Attitudes-Behaviours, for success of course!

Enjoy the whole show here…



Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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