This weekend my brother asked “How did you feel about the poor rating on the blog? Someone evaluated with just one star.”
I was stunned. I didn’t know what to think. We receive so much positive feedback. Where did we slip up? I wondered.
My mom overheard us and entered the conversation like a child who just broke a vase. “Um, how do you give the blog a rating?” she asked. “The other day I attempted to give you high marks and I accidentally sent in a one-star rating.”
My mom doesn’t like me.
Here’s the elephant in the office: There’s a lot of people who quit going for it in life, because they misinterpret the feedback they receive. Some people interpret responses from others to mean they’re supposed to quit. Achievers hear what they can do better.
STOMP THE ELEPHANT
How autonomous are you? When someone gives you just one star do you crumble? Do you quit moving forward in your life because someone with different experiences, different perspectives and values has stated, “You’re doing it wrong”?
Or are you one of the rare elephant stompers who:
- Knows the only assessment of who you are that matters is the belief you have about yourself.
- Seeks feedback. Where can we get better?
- Knows that one idea is just one drop. Itâ€™s not the river.
- Is grateful for the information. The world is telling us how to move forward if we’ll only listen.
- Stretches and applies their newly discovered wisdom. If we’re not doing something new, we’re doing something we did yesterday.
How do you respond to what the world – even your mom – is telling you?
Where will you lead (where will you stomp elephants) today?