Eat Feedback! by Krystal Zellmer

Who is truly comfortable with receiving feedback? Do only things that make you comfortable move you forward? Get used to receiving feedback, and embrace it, so that you can use it as a tool in your life. Feedback helps us in making course corrections. Someone else's vantage point can enable us to see blind spots in our lives. Feedback can also foster relationships. Opening up lines of communication, through feedback, can allow those around you to feel more connected with you because of your openness to hear them. Unfortunately, we can be resistant to feedback because we tend to confuse feedback with the truth. Also, people can tend to take feedback personally versus seeing it as a view of the situation. If you take feedback personally, you are more likely to defend your current position. Feedback is a way to receive information so that you can make adjustments. Feedback is not an attack on who you are or what you are doing. If you receive feedback from a positive or a negative place, it clouds your vision on how to apply that feedback in your life. If you can truly view feedback from a neutral position you have the ability to use it to your advantage. Also, picture when you have given people in your life feedback. How did you feel when they responded with anger? How did you feel when they responded positively? How would it feel if they were neutral when they accepted your feedback? If your response to feedback is flat, it allows others the space to feel at ease when approaching you. This is a huge win because we want others to feel open to giving us feedback so that we can keep using it as a tool to course correct.

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