Self-coaching: the way forward

Continuing my short series on self-coaching, we move from generating options and ideas to choosing and planning a path forward.

In the last post, I offered several different ideas for exploring ways to achieve your goal. You may now have one clear solution or several options. This step in the process now calls for not only creating an action plan but also a commitment check.

Way forward questions

Some questions that might help you here are:

  1. What approach are you going to take to achieve your goal?
  2. What have you done already?
  3. What is the first step you need to take? How will you do that?
  4. On a scale of one to 10, how likely is your plan to succeed? What would it take to make it a 10?
  5. How will you know you have been successful?
  6. What might get in your way?
  7. Who or what can help you?
  8. What will you do today?
  9. What happens if you don’t do this plan?
  10. On a scale of one to 10, how committed are you to this plan? What would it take to make it a 10?

GROW coaching model

Some people might recognised this approach I have outline as the GROW model, developed by performance coach John Whitmore in the 1980s. It’s a simple model: Goal, Reality, Options, Will/Way forward = GROW. And a useful framework for helping find solutions to problems or opportunities.

Read the book: Coaching for Performance

Getting SMART

Now is the time to get specific. Articulate clear steps of what you will do by when, and who or what else is needed to accomplish each step – this could be a person, money, equipment, permits etc. Taking a realistic look at how long each task might take is key to ensuring you don’t become discouraged. Identifying the right next step and having some small actions you can take right away will give you a sense of accomplishment and being started on the journey.

This is the time to think beyond the ‘to do’ list. Create a plan with headings of What, Who, By When, Resources Needed – and schedule these dates in your diary. Make sure you block out time to do these actions, and create a regular slot each week to review your progress and replan. Most of all, give yourself some small rewards for completing key tasks each week, and plan for a big reward or celebration when your goal is met.

Next time, we’ll explore other ways to increase your chances of success.

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