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
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
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