It’s taken me a solid few months to want to talk about this.
The words embarrassed and even humiliation come to my mind when I think about what happened.
And the last word that comes to my mind is feedback.
Feedback can be a bitch sometimes. But it’s worth its weight in gold, if you take it on board as an opportunity for growth.
The feedback I received was back in January some time and was silent, indisputable and shocking. The kind of feedback that’s often confronted with a whole lot of excuses and laying blame elsewhere.
I rocked up to a CrossFit workout and amongst the group, Mum and Dad turned up as well.
I could hear the thumps of feet behind me and between you and me, it felt right that my 65 year old Mother & Father were behind me.
Of course they should be – did I already mention they are 65 and I’m 36!
We turned the corner and started approaching the hill. It’s a slight rise over about 300 meters, so a steady solid climb.
And when I hit the start of that hill, something happened.
My legs started slowing and the thumps behind me grew louder and closer.
I pushed on more, and then the thumps were on my tail, and in real-life slow motion….the thumps passed me.
I had to do a double-take when I saw that the thumps were from my Father.
He strode up the bloody hill and left me behind.
Bloody hell – how does that happen?!
I pushed on more, but no matter how hard I pushed I was beaten fair and square.
Is this really happening right now?!
I thought I was fit – and YES, of course I thought I was fitter than my Father. I could list the excuses that popped up in my mind as I processed the feedback that day, but really excuses are irrelevant and counterproductive for growth.
I swallowed the feedback and took it on the chin.
And I started running more.
Quit any excuses leaving your mouth and own up to it and take yourself forward.
That’s the best way to take that sort of feedback.
And remember, it doesn’t define who you are, it’s just an opportunity for growth.