When you receive feedback, in work or life itself, the key is in how you treat and deal with it. Some people will ‘gorge’ on each morsel, others are likely to stick to a strict ‘diet‘ by simply ignoring every comment. ‘Snacking’ offers a sensible alternative. You can carefully select the pieces of feedback to act upon. These can then be used to help build your confidence, skills, and self-belief.

Your response to feedback will be affected by the people delivering it and their reasons for doing so. Realise that some folk may be kinder than they should be. Sadly, some may seek to reduce your confidence levels. Remember that others may be misguided or have simply misread your situation or misunderstood your actions.

So, how can you best use feedback to help you achieve your goals? Well, the starting point is to have a clear understanding of what these goals actually are, why they are important to you, and the effort you are prepared to put into getting to where you wish to be.

Legendary US investment guru Warren Buffett once offered a powerful insight when he suggested that, more than just brains, it’s emotional intelligence that counts. He advised that: “You must think independently and follow the facts and follow your reasoning”.

It also pays to take some time to research how others, with similar goals, managed to achieve them. Assess the difficulties they encountered along the way and how these challenges were met. Mr Buffett also advised: “It isn’t so much having a lot of brilliant decisions, it’s just not having some terrible ones”.

Following the above thoughts, you can make feedback a positive contributor to your personal development. Ken Blanchard, the author of the One Minute Manager series of books, once famously declared: “Feedback is the breakfast of champions”. If this is a light meal to get you ready for the challenges of the day, then taking time to both acknowledge and carefully digest feedback is surely a way to provide extra energy to keep you going through daily life!

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