To Grow | How to step out of your comfort zone
There are two models, which are used together and could assist individuals achieve their developmental desires. However, to get started, one must first understand what areas require self-improvement, whether academic, personal, or professional. Take time to evaluate one-self. The necessity to engage in self-assessment is a prerequisite before applying any model. Of course, human beings are complex. Therefore, begin with selecting one domain from the three listed divisions. And often, self-progress will benefit in the other categories. Commence briefly probing attitudes and actions (positive/negative); in relations of one’s end result. Consider each task-objective is measured against how well performance was executed.
Be mindful of the link: Attitudes affect moods and moods affect what you think and what you think affect the “how” of what you do! Feelings of excitement, happiness, and satisfaction improve the belief in one’s own capabilities to successfully make a change. Hence, when individuals act upon a powerful belief, it illustrates one’s self-concept-confidence-esteem and efficacy. In other words, coined by Behavioral Sciences Dr. Michael Mantell,“ The Link is What You Think”. Mantell asserts, events, thoughts, and feelings cause persons to react or practice a behavior in response to those feelings. Accordingly, to take better control of “self”, focus more on changing the way you think… Once a healthy attitude has been established, you can now harness the key foundation—equipped to proceed with utilizing the personal S.W.O.T analysis phase.
S.W.O.T represents “Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats”. It can be used for self-analysis tools that broadly ask/answer questions in order to produce meaningful feedback from each component. For example, examine the following: Do I want to make any-Strengths even stronger ? What am I not doing well-Weakness? What are some potential favorable circumstance-Opportunities? Likewise, what are some potential unfavorable circumstance-Threats? This cyclical process provides important directions. Case in point, it reinforces self-knowledge and simultaneously could possibly lead to correcting several dimensions:academic (learning), personal (behavior) , or professional (work) outcomes. S.W.O.T precipitates the initial ability of implementing effectively—how to grow! After the scope for self-improvements have been identified, move forward with executing two models that will facilitate achieving developmental desires; outlined next in further details.
The First Model: Write SMART Goal
1. Specific = What do you want to achieve?
2. Measurable = How will you know that you achieved this goal?
3. Attainable/Accountable = Why do you believe you can conquer this goal/who can help you?
4. Relevant = What is important about this goal to you?
5. Time-Bound = What is a reasonable time-frame to achieve this goal?
The Second Model: Write GROW Goal
1. Goal = Summarized SMART statement
2. Reality = What happened in the past Steps taken towards goal Current situation Goal conflicts
3. Options = Obstacles blocking this goal Advantages/Disadvantages of available options
Identify what has worked to get closer to achieving goal Stop doing what
Prevents achieving this goal Start doing what will achieve the goal
4. Will = When you feel like giving up—what will you do to continue and increase succeeding?
How often and how will you check progress?
Overall, goal setting accelerates success by stepping out of comfort zones when behaviors change. Lifelong learners (Ll) maintain quality goals. This is accomplished by continually monitoring, reevaluating, and increasing goals challenges—as self-matures in balancing Ll K.I.T.E (knowledge, insight, talent, and efficacy) during rough winds! Final question, are you willing to GROW and demonstrate how you are SMART?
Written by Dr. Cecilia Brantley | Argosy Professor, Chicago campus
Bio - Since 1991: Health-Wellness, Co-Owner Business Entrepreneur of BodyParts Fitness.