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How to embrace feedback and navigate criticism to achieve personal growth

Feedback and criticism are essential for both personal and professional growth. You’re only human, and sometimes it’s hard not to take these comments to heart, letting them create insecurity rather than inspiring growth. Learning to embrace feedback and criticism and ignore what isn’t constructive can lead to positive change in our lives. Here are some strategies and tools to help you navigate feedback gracefully and make the most of it.

Foster an open mindset

When we cultivate an open mindset, we understand that feedback is not a personal attack but an opportunity for us to improve. Much can be gained if we approach constructive criticism with openness and eagerness to learn. Look at it as an opportunity to hone your skills and improve.

Maintain Objectivity

When receiving feedback, try not to follow your initial instinct, which may be to react with emotion and become defensive. Never allow feedback to influence your overall self-worth. Instead, take a step back from the situation and view the information rather than the delivery. By detaching from personal biases or emotions, you can better distinguish how you can take the feedback on board to grow.

Seek clarity

Receiving feedback or criticism can be awkward, especially if you’re still learning to be objective. As a result, you may want to resolve the situation as soon as possible but be left with uncertainty and unanswered questions about the feedback. If you’re unsure of someone’s point or feel they might have missed something from your perspective, speak up! A healthy 2-way discussion is much more productive and will ensure you get the most from the person providing feedback.

Reflect and Evaluate

Only some pieces of feedback or criticism are helpful or valid. Spending time to reflect will allow you to see what parts of the information align with your goals and aspirations. By evaluating, you can also consider the other person’s perspective and biases to separate what is useful from what is not.

Express Gratitude

The key to showing grace in these situations is to show gratitude to those providing the feedback. It can be challenging to accept, but constructive criticism involves time and intention on the other person’s behalf; they often share this because they want to see you become the best version of yourself and help you grow. This gift puts us on the fast track to self-improvement and can open us up to a whole new perspective. Let them know you appreciate their feedback, even if you only take some of it on board.

Take Action and Implement Changes

Feedback is intended to inspire positive change. Make the most of the information you receive and see where to incorporate it into your life to grow.

You can transfer the feedback into actionable goals and milestones to track your progress. Personal growth is a continual process, and staying consistent is the key to ensuring you are constantly improving.

Being capable of taking on feedback and using it to benefit our lives is a great skill. It might feel intimidating and confronting to seek feedback and incorporate it into our lives. Still, if you can do so objectively, you will see massive progress in your personal growth. With these tools, you can harness the power of feedback to use it as a stepping stone to achieve your goals.