At times, I am amazed at the synchronicity in my life.
I am taking a class in Information Technology Project Management, and one of the research topics was Extreme Programming (XP). This is not the place to discuss Extreme Programming, but one source I found listed five values:
And whether or not I ever utilize XP in my work life, or I believe that values are a component of a programming process, the concept of connecting feedback and courage as values is interesting. Feedback from your product, from your colleagues, from your boss or your teacher.
And it is also that time of year when my organization conducts its annual performance review. Splattered all over the elevator lobby are posters proclaiming the necessity for clear and candid feedback.
And in my creative life I continually have a problem with putting my words out there, to show my creative constructs, the story. What if my prose is trite, my concepts inane, my characters one dimensional?
And when I’m worried about feedback I have at least three different tactics.
I can “Ostrich” it. Put my head in the ground, and ignore it. Not smart, and not productive.
Or, I can avoid it, and not show the product to anyone. Also counterproductive.
Or the third way. Show it, with fear and trembling, and with courage.
Synchronicity is telling me to that it takes courage to face feedback. It takes courage to throw out work when I’ve poured myself into it.
How do you handle that fear of feedback?