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Can self-feedback and self-evaluation help you with your weight loss goals?

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Self-feedback is a great way to evaluate yourself and make changes in your life to improve it. This is especially important for those people trying to lose weight.

Unfortunately, most of us aren't so good at taking the time to examine our behaviors or our habitual actions as they happen.

Self-feedback challenges us to ask ourselves how we feel about the work we do, the lifestyle we live, and the way we treat others.

What is Self-Feedback and Evaluation About?

Experts suggest that our ability to conduct a self-evaluation in which we carefully examine our abilities, behaviors, and characteristics requires that we prepare ourselves for a journey through self-reflection and how we make decisions.

Self-feedback will give us clarity on whether or not we always make the best decisions.

Self-feedback also allows us to evaluate ourselves through the lens of personal experiences, social comparisons, and observations.  We usually make assumptions about how others see us, and we draw from that to form an opinion about ourselves.

What Are The Advantages of Self-Feedback?

Self-feedback has multiple benefits that we can use to our advantage.

Like Self-Reflection…

Self-feedback allows us to examine what motivates us and what types of stimuli trigger results. Self-feedback challenges us to revisit our triumphs and mistakes, and it encourages us to initiate a deep-dive into examining any lessons we've learned.

Also, it allows us to acknowledge our positive and negative attributes. It challenges us to analyze our values, and what it is that drives our feelings about ourself and how we go about balancing these things. We have the power to take this information and use it as a foundation towards creating the person we want to be.

It Also Encourages Input from Others

Although this process requires us to conduct a self-appraisal, it also requires us to seek feedback from other people. The way we see ourselves sometimes has close ties to how others see us as well. The opinions of others occasionally contribute to our subjective perceptions about who we are as a human being.

It does require a unique skill set to assess how others perceive us, then take that information and consider it from the perspective of the presenter and then put those details to good use. You become a manager of what other people think of you and also, the degree to which you can influence others.

Your goal should be to solicit external input from those who know you. Sometimes, input from others can open our eyes even more to the things you do or don’t do so well.

Don't take any feedback from others negatively. Just use it as information that you can use or not use to adjust yourself as you see fit. Look at friendly criticism as a helpful tool you use to manage yourself well.

The Goal Is Self-Improvement

Self-feedback opens the doors to taking the information you gain from self-reflection and others and use it to enhance who we are. It’s an opportunity to push the reset button on all of our character traits.

We can use our findings to slowly make changes within ourselves, leading us to ditch non-productive behaviors and learn ways to adopt new habits that generate positive results in our lives and the people we engage with.

Self-Feedback Improves Self-Esteem and Confidence

Self-feedback can really boost your self-esteem and confidence. Identifying the values, you give to your workplace, your family, your friends or yourself can go a long way to improving your self-confidence and self-esteem. You learn to focus on those things and improve them further rather than always focusing on your weaknesses.

Try Practicing Self-Feedback

Practicing self-feedback is a skill and can be difficult for some to put into action or even master in a way that is meaningful at first. You just have to keep practicing

The first and most important thing you must do is be completely open and honest with yourself, even when the self-observation is negative or uncomfortable. This process will require you to step outside of your comfort zone and take a long, hard look at who you are. Who you really are and who you're being.

You can’t sugarcoat anything if you are genuinely seeking to make changes or improvements.

Here's a few examples of questions that you might ask yourself when seeking self-feedback about your role in the workplace:

  • What strengths do you bring to your current job role?
  • What contributions have you made to the team, department or company?
  • What opportunities do you have to improve? What do you need to change?
  • What are you doing well?
  • What recurring problems or disagreements do you run into.

A few examples of questions that you might ask yourself about your personal life include:

  • What are my values?
  • What are the things that motivate me and are they productive?
  • What gives me energy? What saps my energy?
  • What are my strengths? What am I good at?
  • What holds me back from achieving my goals or doing big things?

To become the person you want to be, you must practice self-awareness and begin to answer questions such as these about yourself consistently.

Journaling is one method you might use to capture your self-feedback. Do this every day. Before going to bed is a great time to do this. It puts your mind at ease so you have better sleep.

For self-feedback to be effective and yield results, you have to be ready to make the improvements and receive the feedback and input of others. A closed mind will not benefit from the practice of self-feedback. You must move with intention and empower yourself to engage in the process actively.

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

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