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There is no failure, only feedback


One of the NLP presuppositions is that ‘There is no Failure, only Feedback’. Everyone has their unique way of perceiving and making sense of the world and as a consequence their own view of what constitutes feedback and what constitutes failure; we are all unique.

‘There is no Failure, only Feedback’ is an easy thing to say but a little harder to embed. Sometimes feedback – if you believe it to be negative – is hard to swallow. However, if you turn that on its head and believe that there is no such thing as failure only results that you can learn from, the thought process changes. Here are some views I’ve picked up around feedback and failure:

  • Viewed positively feedback should enable us to seek improvement; it’s a learning

  • If you have plans or a goal that might have gone astray, rather than think that you have failed think about what you have learned, chose to learn, change direction if you need to, pick yourself up and go at it again

  • Feedback allows us to know if we are on the right path – in life and in our relationships

  • Failure is a dead end

  • Feedback should empower you, help you make or adopt corrective measures

  • If you have received feedback that doesn’t ‘sit right with you’ seek clarification; ask a trusted friend or family member their opinion

  • Feel confident to speak up for yourself and ask for clarification if you’ve received feedback you don’t understand

  • Thank the person for providing feedback

I do appreciate that feedback can sometimes be difficult, we can sometimes take it personally and it can at times cause offence – I know from past experience. We all have a choice, you can choose to take any perceived negative feedback as just that (as a failing) OR you can choose to take it as a learning.

If you take feedback personally or if the feedback you give is personal, these tips may help you to listen to and give feedback.

Give Feedback:

  • Ask for permission to give feedback

  • Make sure the feedback is constructive and delivered in a caring way (assume positive intent)

  • Separate the person from the behaviour – don’t make the feedback personal

  • Make sure that the person understands the feedback; allow them to have their say

  • Remember that feedback should be positive

  • Be a role model

Receive Feedback:

  • Let the other person finish before you have your say

  • Let the words sound through (don’t hold onto them), gage your emotions, don’t be defensive

  • Ask yourself if there is anything for you to learn

  • Did you understand the feedback; do you need to seek specifics

  • Remember that feedback is just a snapshot

  • Feedback should not be personal, if the person giving the feedback has not separated the person from the behaviour, thank them and walk away

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Make sure you remain in control. Sending you lots of positive energy and love xxxx


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