Feedback can be a touchy subject for many but if viewed as constructive versus criticism, feedback can be a huge opportunity. An opportunity for growth and learning but mostly for personal excellence. If someone had information that would make you better at what you do or could unlock what is holding you bad from your big breakthrough, wouldn’t you want to know? Some of you could be saying, “It really depends on the messenger.” I get what you are saying. When getting feedback, consider your source. Are they doing what what you are doing? Do they understand what the many facets of what you must consider?Are they an optimist versus a pessimist?
With any feedback, you can learn something about yourself. The reason why I love the sport of triathlons is because individuals strive for their personal best – personal excellence. It is not about being perfect. You can compare your times to others however you can only really focus on your individual times and how you can improve in those categories of swimming, biking, and running. You may be better in one area than another and same with the other person. The same holds true in life.You can look at areas where you may need some improvements – ask for feedback, ask for coaching, mentoring, or get additional training. If you do not know where you can improve how can you be your very best?
Who should you be asking? Ask you customers, spouse, your children, and colleagues about how you can better handle situations or how you could improve. You do not have to wait for a complaint, performance appraisal, or a bad day to hear about your personal performance. You may even be pleasantly surprised – it may be a compliment awaiting to be shared. Always strive to achieve your very best!
Feed Back to Your Greatness!