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Using Feedback as an Assessment Tool

When it comes to making decisions, data is your friend. The more research you do, the more evidence you have, the easier it is to make an informed and proper decision. When it comes to knowing when to quit, analyzing the data can help you determine if quitting is the right thing to do in your situation.

Feedback Can Help You Look at Things Objectively

When it comes to making the decision whether or not to quit something, feedback can help you look at things objectively. Feedback is simply information that can be analyzed and used to determine if something is worth the effort, energy, and resources going into it. There is a variety of information that can be considered feedback.

Your experiences offer you feedback

When you engage in an activity, or with someone one-on-one or any other circumstance in life, your experience gives you information. When things go well, the feedback indicates the experience is positive. When things don’t go well, the feedback indicates opposite. This feedback can be useful in making the decision whether to quit something or not. In most cases, it doesn’t make sense to keep engaging in something that offers consistent negative experiences.

Your feelings offer you feedback

Our feelings can be tricky, they can lead us to believe things that are good for us, like drinking plenty of water and eating a low-fat diet, are boring and unappetizing. Instead, our feelings would prefer a diet consistent in wine and pasta, but in many ways our feelings can be a good source of feedback. Paying attention to how we feel about a decision to quit can be useful and important. Our gut instincts are often right and if we pay closer attention to them, we can make better decisions about when and what to quit.

Your community offers you feedback

We live in community. Whether with family, friends, co-workers, etc., we are usually in group settings. Our community is a rich source of feedback. Plugging into them and asking them their opinions and for input can help you make important and objective decisions about quitting. Sometimes we are too close to a situation to see it objectively and getting someone else’s perspective can be helpful.

Using Feedback as an Assessment Tool

Feedback can be a great assessment tool when you gather the facts and take a look. One bit of feedback may be unreliable.  For example, if you only consider how you feel, but don’t take a look at other feedback, you may quit something you shouldn’t. Gathering as much information as possible and then taking a look at things in their entirety is better. Consider your experiences, feelings, and the feedback from others all together and see what the data shows.

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