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Dear Counsellor

 

Dear Counsellor

 

There are so many things that I would like to achieve. I often find myself procrastinating as I just do not know where to start.

 

Dear Writer

 

A model that maybe helpful for you is the GROW model. This is often used in mentoring. Below is a summary:

Goal

Reality

Options

Wrap Up

 

Goal

  • What specifically would you like to achieve?
  • What would you like to happen that is not happening now?

Remember for a goal to be effective it has to be SMART – specific, measurable, agreed, realistic and time bound

 

Reality

Develop and awareness of the issues surrounding your goal. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is happening at the moment?
  • How often does this happen?
  • What results did it produce?
  • What is another way of looking at this problem?

 

 

 

 

Options

Consider all the possible options that you can take to achieve your goal.

  • What possibilities for action do you see?
  • What else could you do?
  • What are the advantages of each option?
  • What are the disadvantages of each option?
  • Which of these options would give you the best result and why?
  • What has worked in this situation before? What would a person you admire, do?

 

Wrap-up

Determine exactly what you are going to do. Select the most appropriate steps and agree them – which of the options are you going to put into practice.

  • How will this option address your goal?
  • How will you know you have achieved success?
  • What are you going to do precisely at each step?
  • What obstacles do you need to overcome?
  • What support do you need?

 

Write to ‘Dear Counsellor’ and have your voice heard? Email address:

dwayne.couns@icloud.com

 

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