Recently at a networking event we were introduced (or in some cases including mine reintroduced) to the idea of setting goals. Nothing new here really, including the idea that students in a business class at Harvard in the 70’s / 60’s had much higher success after goals had been set. What is relatively new to me is the idea that goals should be scary. I don’t know about you but scary is scary which means I may find an excuse not to do it.
The alternative to big hairy audacious goals is to use the GROW model ; a far gentler and less scary way of setting goals . The GROW model goes like this :-
GROW – goal – reality- opportunities/options-way forward (action)
The goal part of this is fairly obvious; it does need to stretch but to me not be scary. Your main goal needs to be broken down into smaller more achievable goals. This is where the reality check comes in. Can you really run the London marathon with no experience and no training? Opportunities or options is thinking time to allow a plan to development . The last bit is the most important . Way forward fits better than take action ; which would turn GROW into GROT. GROW is a catchier title than GROT.
The keys steps in goal setting are – Big Goal via GROW , break that down to smaller goals again via GROW , make a plan and take action .
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