How to Harvest Negative Feedback?
This is a struggling phase when we think how to harvest negative feedback. So, today I’m going to talk about something that many people struggle with or handling negative feedback. Most of the time, criticism is not given constructively and it can be painful to be on the receiving end of it.
On the other hand, it’s one of the biggest secret growth boosters, if you know how to harvest negative feedback properly.
Ready to begin for how to harvest negative feedback?
The first thing is to change how you perceive negative feedback.
Let’s imagine a theoretical scenario. You have a goal to build a 100 story tower but you don’t know how to build one. Let’s say building this tower is your ultimate goal. Learning all by yourself will take a very long time. It may take years of trial and error just to discover how to build a 10 story tower.
So to help you build it, you’re going to get 5 advisors.
For this, you have two options:
Option A – The 5 advisors will give you only positive feedback. They’ll only tell you what you are doing right. They’ll tell you how amazing your ideas are. They’ll always be super nice and positive.
Option B – The 5 advisors will give you only negative feedback. They’ll only tell you what you are doing wrong. They’ll gleefully point out the problems your solutions have. Sometimes they might tell you in a mean way.
If your ultimate goal is to build this tower – which one would you choose?
In life, most people subconsciously pick Option A – and stay forever below a 10 story tower. Option B is a deliberate, conscious choice. It is a choice with a goal in mind. Option B, however, is the only way to build that 100-story tower.
So if you want truly thrive and achieve your dreams, you need to understand why every successful person thrives on negative feedback.
Changing your perspective to accept negative feedback will open new doors and Re-evaluate what compliments and criticisms mean to you.
We instinctively treat compliments as gold and criticisms as dirt. But like in real life, true gold is not lying out in the open – the truly valuable stuff is hidden inside the dirt.
From a feedback perspective, the gold you’re looking for are the valuable insights that will help you pinpoint current weaknesses and improve on them. Compliments are nice. They make you feel good about yourself. But they’re generally not actionable, there’s rarely a takeaway or lasting value. Imagine you’re a musician receiving some feedback at the end of your recital. “You did an amazing job!” vs “Your timing was off at the end”.
Which one is actionable and can help you improve? Usually, it’s the “negative” feedback.
Processing feedback is like a harvest – you need to separate the wheat from the chaff in order to get the good stuff. Next time, which type of feedback will you pursue? Growth seekers understand why a criticism is better than a compliment.
Finally, create a breakthrough for yourself. Instead of just taking it, why not: Learn how to actively ask for feedback that helps you.
Who says you have to wait for it? Generally the negative feedback we receive is passive – it is triggered by some external factor that prompts someone to give it to us. But you can take control of this. What if you were the trigger instead?
If you are the trigger, then you can shape the feedback that you get in return. You can turn passive feedback into active and constructive feedback. All it depends on is knowing the right questions to ask, the right person to ask, and the right time to ask it.
To achieve the next level of growth you need to practice how to ask for honest feedback without feeling hurt.
Changing your outlook on negative feedback takes perseverance. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Winston Churchill that reminds me of its value:
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
– Winston Churchill
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I hope today’s bite-sized knowledge has helped you to make some positive changes! I would love to hear your feedback. If you want more like this or if you’d like me to share other topics, please send them to me.
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