Constructive criticism and feedback are vital in every aspect of your life, especially professionally. It isn’t always easy to receive, however. One of the most essential skills you need is to develop the ability to accept constructive feedback. Even when we know that the feedback is valid and necessary to stimulate growth, it is instinctive to respond with resistance. If the idea of receiving constructive criticism makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. In this blog, we’ll look at ways to maximize constructive feedback and ensure success moving forward.
How to Accept Constructive Feedback
It’s easy to feel defensive when we hear seemingly negative things about ourselves, especially if they may be true. Even if you think it isn’t true, listen actively to it. Consider what is being said and how you can translate it into actions and behavior that improve your performance.
An essential part of listening actively is asking questions that help you understand more deeply. To be genuinely open to constructive criticism, you must ask questions that help you understand the criticism more deeply. This enables you to fully absorb the feedback and be able to put it to good use. Simply saying, “Tell me more about that,” is a great way to demonstrate your desire to understand the other person clearly.
It is hard to remember everything you’ve heard when receiving feedback on the job. Our emotions and thoughts can hinder our retention and reduce our absorption of information. Don’t be afraid to take notes when receiving feedback. If possible, focus on one area and take notes so you can revisit the discussion later and review the feedback.
Foster a Growth Mindset
When you have a growth mindset, how you think about feedback changes. Instead of being defensive and resistant to change, you focus on improving. A positive growth mindset helps you move forward and makes you more receptive to constructive feedback opportunities. Being open to feedback also results in a more positive reaction to others giving feedback. This creates an environment of trust and positivity that encourages constructive feedback and growth for everyone.
Hearing constructive criticism can be challenging, but feedback is intended to stimulate growth and inspire change. If you can foster a growth mindset, take notes, and ask questions, you can put constructive feedback to good use.