Feedback And Constructive Criticism
The Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word Feedback is: “the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source”.
I'd like to offer an alternative and simpler definition of feedback. Feedback is simply information about your journey. And feedback is different for everyone because we all have entirely different journeys but we're all constantly receiving it. When we eat food, we're receiving feedback. If we eat something that made us sick or causes us pain, we know that probably isn't something we should eat again. On the flip side, if you ate something and you felt amazing, for the first time in quite some time, you're not having gut issues, your body feels good, your bones and your muscles aren’t aching, you've just received feedback about the food you ate, which is “Hey, this is something that your body likes”.
If you're a parent, our children's behavior is a feedback. It lets us know what our kids have going on and how they're handling the things going on around them. Are they running around screaming at the top of their lungs? Are they needing lots of one on one time and reassurance that they are safe?
Feedback and constructive criticism helps us move and shift along the way, along this journey of life. We can shut down receiving it or use it to support us in being our best selves. To guide us and make sure that we're aligned with our purpose and showing up in life the way we'd like to show up.