Oh, For the Love of Feedback

It’s a major dilemma every time. You see someone struggling and you can see exactly what the problem is. Do you say anything or not?

There is an unfortunate “best practice” of life that says that if you haven’t been asked for your advice, keep it to yourself. 

My big struggle is keeping my mouth shut. The more skilled, knowledgable, experienced and wiser we get, the more we want to help the struggling, confused and oblivious ones, right?

*sigh*  It’s not our job to tell others how to fix their lives. Not unless they ASK for our help, guidance or advice. And doesn’t it seem like those who need it most are the ones who don’t think anything is wrong?

That’s when I realized the value of asking for guidance even when I don’t think I need it. Even though I usually welcome uninvited feedback, I also actively seek it out. Everyone has something to teach you. Matthew Ferry advises us to find the person you resist most because that person has the most to teach you. I believe he is right.

As a partner dancer, I dance with a lot of people who can give me immediate feedback. Even though I’m pretty confident as a dancer, I frequently ask for input on what I’m doing and how I feel to them. Thank goodness I do that… Shockingly, it turns out I’m not perfect.

If someone out there is living the life (or mastering the skill) you dream of having, ASK them how they do it. ASK for their expertise. ASK for their recommendations. Most people LOVE offering advice and will do so kindly and compassionately. Everyone loves to share their “secrets” to success.

With the exception of this blog, which ironically, is filled with uninvited advice, I’m really working on asking more and saying less. Which can be painfully hard to do, especially when you feel like you’re really starting to figure things out. The reality is that I still have SO much to learn.

The best part? When more people embrace asking, those with a wealth of knowledge and experience can finally offer the help they long to give.

About Epiphany

epiphanies on life and spiritual living as I chase wisdom - one insight at a time.

Posted on June 27, 2012, in Life and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. There is a difference between “help” and “assist.” According to Sherry Anshara (she developed the Quantumpathic Method, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPeL8t6d9AY and the book A GLOSSARY OF QUANTUPATHIC TERMS), to help is to participate in a need; to assist is to support while not expecting something in return, without participating in the drama presented, approaching someone outside of you who is experiencing a negative and bringing them only unconditional love so that they get a little relief and you get a chance to express love in an unconditional way.

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