Feedback can rock your dreams in a good way
The most important word in my life is hope. It’s the feeling I hang on to when I wake up. It’s the hand that comforts me when I feel weak.
I take a breath and I feel it. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. And today I felt it surge up so strong I’m practically doing pull ups from the ceiling…
…so what happened? I received a couple of awesome emails—the feedback type. They built up my strengths. They told me ways to improve. I love this stuff. I love feedback when it’s both honest and kind. Not only was it real and true and extremely helpful, but I value the time these individuals spent going over my work.
Now I realize some feedback is hurtful. When I feel upset I have to stop myself and ask, what do I think they meant by this?
Are they trying to be helpful? Did the person maybe have a bad day? Or maybe, I’m the one having a bad day. In any case, I try to turn my thoughts around and make it less about me or them, and take a hard look at my work. That way, I won’t feel so upset.
And after my last post, we all know I hate making mistakes. Even though I really know we all make them and they happen all the time. This is where hope steps in. Hope lets me know I can make mistakes. Hope let’s me know we all make them. Hope gives me the opportunity to change and be better and different the next time. And I know in my heart that feedback is the only way I know how to get better.
And what did I do as a result of such awesome feedback?
I revisited one major goal and I tweaked the deadline, bringing me another step closer to my dream.
Maybe you had a bad day. Maybe nothing happened to lift you up and maybe even, someone tore you down.
Take a second. Decide what you want. Pick actions and move in ways that will get you there. Take back your power. And maybe tomorrow will be better. Maybe you’ll find a clue and the light will miraculously burn so bright you can feel it everywhere you step.
“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde