Some of the time, hearing the truth about ourselves isn’t easy. Like any medicine intended to cure, criticism can be hard to swallow. But despite its undesirable taste, criticism can help set us straight. However, in order to be of any use to us, criticism from others must first be transformed into self-criticism and then followed by an active effort to correct whatever was criticized. Realistically, self-criticism is required to generate the inner drive and desire necessary to initiate and sustain the effort and sacrifice required to change and grow.