Feedback is a fact of life.
You will surely receive some kind of feedback today. Whether you’re a parent, a businessman, a teacher, a student, a judge, or a wife, people are going to respond to what you will say or do. Some feedback will feel like a double-edged sword piercing through your heart. Others will feel like a soothing balm to your soul.
So how do you respond to feedback?
- Do you make threats and unleash harsh words like Philippine President Rody Duterte’s initial response to Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno when the latter wrote him about the judges included in his list of alleged drug lord coddlers? (He subsequently apologized to Sereno, no doubt because of the feedback he received.)
- Do you admit your error like Senator Manny Pacquiao who promptly apologized when he was rebuked for his callousness when he joked about his preferred method of execution if the death penalty is reimposed in this country?
- Do you promise to excel some more and help others succeed like Hidilyn Diaz‘s response to all the accolades she is receiving for winning a silver medal for weightlifting at the Rio Olympics.
- Do you resort to cyber-bullying when people say things on social media that you do not agree with?
Our Lord Jesus himself solicited feedback. For example, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” and “But who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:13,15). His example should encourage us to take the risk of asking for feedback.
“Feedback is the breakfast of champions,” according to Ken Blanchard, bestselling author and business leader. That is, when I welcome feedback, reflect on it, and make positive changes, I can be a champion in whatever I am doing. Your home, your workplace, your church and your community can become a better place if you learn to give and receive helpful feedback.