Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
Over the last few days, I have been applying the process of "self-management" to get back on track with my routine of blogging (and exercising!) on a daily basis. I use the acronym "S.I.G.H." to make it simple:
- Set a goal
- Identify a strategy
- Give it a try
- How did it go?
It's a repeating loop that takes you back to make adjustments to your goal or strategy as you need to. It's a process that fosters a growth mindset. But, often times, people get stuck on that first step...set a goal! So today, I'll lay out my acronym for setting helpful goals that are easy to track and achieve: "S.P.O.R.T.Y."
If you've never heard of "SPORTY" goals it's because I made it up when I was working through a self-management process around helping myself overcome performance anxiety some years ago. So, here's how SPORTY goals work. They are:
- Specific - you know exactly what you are talking about. There's no room for uncertainty.
- Positive - you are working towards something, NOT away from something. It's about what you want MORE of.
- Observable - others people would be able to see you do the thing you're aiming for.
- Realistic - it's what's possible given who you are, where you are, right now in your life. It's NOT fantasy.
- Timed - you know when you're planning to achieve it by.
- Yours - YOU want to do this. You're not doing it for someone else.
So, in my case, my goal was: I want to post a blog every day on this website, by noon, for at least one full year, but preferably well beyond that.
What is YOUR goal as you start this new school year?