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“The only difference between feedback and criticism, is how you hear it.” – Tim Grover
We are defensive creatures. It’s in our nature for self-preservation. Thousands of years ago, when a threat was in the area, such as a predator, the human mind and body would kick into a fight-or-flight state.
This reaction absolutely can still ring true today when we receive feedback.
We’ve all related to a time where we felt threatened by feedback. Where we felt like we were being attacked. Much like the primal man in the example above, self-preservation kicks in, and we become defensive.
But outside of that uncomfortable moment, we recognize that feedback is the best thing for us. It’s the secret sauce to improvement. So how can we train our minds to receive it as so?
Remind ourselves, whenever we have the luxury to receive feedback (because it is), there is no downside. There literally isn’t. Even if the feedback or advice is something we can’t use at all, or it doesn’t fit our goals, we still gained insight from another’s point of view or angle. And in truth, if we put in the work to think on a deeper level through it, virtually every piece of feedback pushes us further in the right direction.
Whenever feedback comes our way, it’s a gift. A gift that someone is taking time out of their day to give to us. They don’t have to do this – they are choosing to. Choosing to give us their time, not to break us down, but to help build us up further. If we can remind ourselves of this as the feedback comes, we’ll never hear “criticism” again.
Upcoming classes and events…
=> Thanksgiving Hours: Thursday 11/28 8am only. Friday 11/29 8am and 9am only.
=> CFA Holiday WOD and Breakfast! Sunday December 22nd at 8am. Join us for some fitness, food, and festive fun!