Whether you call it plus 1 mastery, trial and error learning, sequential or Smart-Step learning, or something else, the truth is the same; personal change and development requires time, patience and flexible plan. Expertise comes in steps and stages, as you build self-awareness and experience to support your goals.
We all seem to know this. It’s common sense: you can’t run until you can walk. But if we all know this, if it’s truly common sense, why do I have so many conversations with people who have no strategy for the next several years of their professional (or personal) lives? As a result of that lack of strategy, they rarely think about their path, purpose and meaning in life. They are just “sleep walking or are on automatic pilot in life”.
The plan needs to have a structure or framework that guides your action and provides measurable information. It highlights what you need to focus on to make the changes you are seeking to develop. This is what I call THE PLUS One method for personal change.
Let’s dig deeper into the Plus One –Smart-step technique: The whole idea of personal and behavioral change process of the “Plus-One” framework is to motivate change by getting you closer to your goal one step at a time and support you in reaching where you did not think you could go without it. That’s what an inspirational coach or boss using positive motivational can do to support your awareness and desire to improve your performance. By using proven techniques and a realistic plan for change you can run up your game one step at a time.
So what can you do if you don’t have a strategy for your next few years? Well I wish I could tell you there was a single perfect way to solve this challenge but there’s not.
Here are four easy steps to get you going in the right direction:
- Commit to keeping a a daily journal identifying your progress and barriers you need to overcome. Do not become discouraged by setbacks or failures. Just learn the lessons from these experiences and apply your learning to adjust your goals and behavior.
- Create a SMART plan that helps you know where you’re at and where you’re going. And don’t stress about how long it may take you. Keep “working the plan” and keep updating the plan when things are not working or situational factors or feedback say you need to change direction to make progress. One day you’ll look back and be surprised at how far you’ve progressed.
- Remember that becoming a master in any field takes 10,000 hours of deliberative practice. So be patient and gentle with your criticism and employ positive self-talk to get through tough times.
- Find and hire a coach who can set you on a course of deliberative practice. Because consistent and perfect practice makes us a master of performance. .Find someone who understands where you are today and where you want to go. Then proceed in real time in different situations to make the changes in you want in your behavior.