Are you a feedback junkie?

on feedback

This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.

I’ve written before about getting feedback from the right people, but today I want to address another feedback conundrum that I see frequently: becoming a feedback junkie. And letting it hold you back in your creative business.

It’s natural to want feedback. It’s normal to seek out reinforcement for an idea before you see it all the way through. BUT we often get stuck in the feedback loop of getting one more set of opinions about an idea that we forget to ever take action and launch!

There will always be one more person to ask. There will always be one more helpful article to read. There will always be more available help than you can take advantage of.

If you’re wondering how successful people got where they are now, they took ACTION.

This is not to say that some feedback isn’t good. It can be. It’s also not to say that every single action you take will lead to success. It won’t.

BUT every action you take will lead to learning. And doing things differently next time – which also implies action. (Are you sensing a theme here?)

Today’s Challenge:

1. Identify three things that you’re dragging your feet on or still in the process of seeking feedback.

2. Stop it. Now.

3. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Imagine what you want this to look like when you execute.

4. Act.

It can really be that simple.

Your turn: Are you going to take the challenge? With what? Have you found yourself becoming a slave to the feedback monster?

*Design by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch

Tiffany Han, CPCC is a life & business coach for highly-creative people who arent living the highly-creative lives they want. Just yet. With provocative questions & hard-edged encouragement, Tiffany helps skittish someday-ers become fiercely focused creators “” and proves that dreams do come true. But only when you demand it.

7 comments | Click here to reply

Are you stuck in a feedback loop? http://t.co/7nExgTgeHg How constant feeback from others might be holding you back in your biz.

Brittni Mehlhoff (@papernstitch)

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Tiffany Han (@thetiffanyhan)

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Nicoletta - Fanchimp (@fanchimp)

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Brandi Powell (@sweetharvey)

Is your quest for feedback getting in the way of your business? http://t.co/bkjy6acaNL

IndieMade (@IndieMade)

Funny how things like this post come at just the right times! This was a message needed. My partner and I have a idea we are planning to launch this week and I know we will be looking for feedback. I think as bloggers, we are always looking for feedback. We put things out there and sometimes we don’t get any feedback so its hard to know if what you’re doing is even good.

Christine

I find that I’m more of an information junkie. I’m currently working on a set of botanical perfumes to release, and had originally scheduled them to release this month. Which is half over. And the dedicated website isn’t up, and the perfumes aren’t finished.

I keep thinking, maybe I should learn aromatherapy first! Maybe I should learn more about marketing to retail stores!

The root of both addictions are the same – fear. Whether we constantly seek one more person to say we’re on the right path, or one more book to make sure we know ALL THE THINGS, really we’re just finding excuses to not start because we’re afraid we will fail.

But successful people got there, not just because they took action, but also because they failed enough to learn what not to do.

Angie Andriot
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