Last week I wrote about feedback.(Feedback Flourish) Actually, how to respond to feedback. Feedback is as powerful as you let it be. It can be harsh, constructive, or even very good but if you give it more credit than it’s worth then you might miss lose focus of the main goal.
Goals are also better guides than destinations. They make wonderful landmarks along the journey and help steer us as we embark to the next goal. Using feedback can be great motivation. It can also be discouraging. Taking the less encouraging feedback into account while not letting it interrupt the journey towards a goal – or goals – is challenging.
It can be hard to take negative feedback and turn into a positive learning experience. I think that is one of the hardest things to do. Pulling ourselves up with our bootstraps takes courage. It takes thought, too. However, to move forward and learn from feedback is worth it because you understand more about your situation. Feedback isn’t always from another person; it can be from you to you. You have to learn not to be hard on yourself but also don’t dismiss feedback just because it isn’t what you want it to be. It will be, it just takes practice.
This is one of the areas that can be difficult for many people, including myself. I would love to hear suggestions on how you keep moving toward a goal when you get discouraged. I think one of the best ways to keep encouraging myself is to sometimes step back and encourage somebody else with their goal. I could use the boost, write to me! -ed