Don't react; respond.
It is mostly our reaction, which gives power to the negative situations or negative comments by people. If we don't react, then these situations have no power to affect us. When you take a moment to respond, you are not allowing anyone to take your power away or invoke a reaction from you.
Take responsibility for your own thoughts, your own feelings, and actions. In doing so, you will no longer give your power away to forces outside yourself. When something negative comes your way, you will pause, and instead of reacting, you will RESPOND to everything and everyone. You will no longer be a victim but rather a person who is aware of his/her inner strength and power.
Credits: Luminita D. Saviuc and Best Daily Thoughts