Self-Coaching Exercise #4: Setting Focused Goals for Development
All those who signed up for the Weekly Challenge are invited to work on this exercise and provide feedback to the http://firstname.lastname@example.org
This one of favorite exercises focusing on how to create more life-work balance and growth it is called the
“start stop continue” process.
Exercise Directions: In each area of your life,-family, career, spiritual, fitness, finances, personal development, business relationships, and fun/relaxation-ask yourself:
- What do I need to start doing?
- What do I need to stop doing?
- What do I need to continue doing?
After reflecting and answering these 3 questions for each area of you life space use a new page in your Learning Journal and write down your reflections and insights and actions you are committed to take in the next week. It may sound simple, but these three lists will become the keys for uncovering what goals you want to set for coaching and supporting your desire to become a more effective leader and manager in 2013 and beyond.
Basically, this is about doing more of the kind of things that energize you and less of what moves you away from where you want to be. Sounds easy enough, but the fact of the matter is most people won’t do this. They may make some superficial attempt to reflect on these questions, but will ultimately give up on these changes because their words are not backed up with –clear images of where they are now and where they want to go in the future and a commitment to a focused action plan to take them there.
Challenge: Write down 1 skill you’d like to improve that can help you in your career or family life. Create the Improvement Goal. Lay out the plan for achieving it step by step and commit to act on the plan tomorrow.
How to do it—Smart-Steps Method
Think about your personal goals, whether you’re a seasoned veteran in your field interested in learning new software, a volunteer who wants to explore new ways to help, or a college graduate searching for you’re a challenge job. What’s one thing you’d like to improve in order to nurture your own growth? Write it down. If you like, you can also think about small steps you could take to make it happen.
Why it matters
Too often we get into a rut, performing the same repetitive tasks and doing only what’s required to carry out the basic functions of our job or family life. If you want to move ahead – both professionally and personally – it’s important to step back. By thinking and reflecting about what you’re doing and how you can do it better, you open yourself up to new learning opportunities and experiences.
Goal 1. What Do I need to START DOING?
Goal 2 What Do I need to STOP DOING? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Goal 3. What do I need to CONTINUE DOING that is working ?