Today’s Mandala Message: Feedback is Valuable Information
This week I’m working through Principles #19 and #20 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Use Feedback to Your Advantage” and “Commit to Constant and Never-Ending Improvement”, respectively. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of feedback being valuable information. Canfield states: “…feedback is simply information. You don’t have to take it personally. Just welcome it and use it. The most intelligent and productive response is to say, ‘Thank you for the feedback. Thank you for caring enough to take the time to tell me what you see and how you feel. I appreciate it.’”
Years ago I used to belong to Toastmasters. It’s a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn how to speak in front of an audience, or to just gain confidence speaking in general. I appreciated their approach to feedback…rather than call it critiquing, they called in evaluating. When evaluating someone’s speech you would point out what you saw/heard that went well, then offer up where there could be improvement, and then end on a positive note. This approach created a safe environment to learn and grow.
While it’s possible that some of the feedback we receive may be off the mark, it’s worth paying attention to all the feedback…there could be little gems of insight to be gleaned that would otherwise be missed.
So how about you? Do you see feedback as valuable information? Do you sometimes take negative feedback personally? Are you able to appreciate the person who gives you feedback?
“Feedback is a gift.— Jim Trinka and Les Wallace
Ideas are the currency
of our next success.
Let people see you value
both feedback and ideas.”
The Mandala Lady
All Things Mandalas
I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.