“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.”
Everyone needs a noticer and truth-teller in their life. Someone that observes, and then provides candid and honest feedback. This is an essential element of what it means to be coachable. It is critical to spiritual growth and maturity.
Your openness to feedback and your willingness to receive coaching is one of the most important attributes you can build into your life. There are limits to how much you can evaluate your own effectiveness and progress. Your willingness to receive feedback and coaching is essential to the process of growth. Be willing to be challenged. The more coachable you are, the faster you will grow.
- Actively seek feedback about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as ideas for improvement.
- Listen to your noticer.
- Be humble enough to receive feedback (even when it hurts). You can get better, or you can protect your ego. You can’t do both.
- Don’t be defensive or combative. Understand that all feedback and coaching comes from imperfect people.
- Be grateful someone cares enough to invest the time and energy to help you get better.
“Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.” (Proverbs 4.13)