GROW and more

March 02, 2007

Hi everyone,

For those of you who've had the chance to do the debriefs over the past few weeks, you've been using what is known as the GROW model, developed by John Whitmore, a former race-car driver turned success coach. This is a model that you can use to improve in many areas of your own lives, simply by following the simple steps (I've simplified the model for you to make it easier to remember):

G - set the Goal you wish to achieve (can be in your reading, your studies, your CCA, etc.). Goals must be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based)
R - Assess the Reality of how things are at the moment (be honest)
O - Figure out what Options you have available to you, and decide the pros and cons of each option.
W - Finally, figure out What option you are going to take, What you are going to do, after factoring in the pros and cons.

It's that simple. You can try it for anything else. For example, if I use it to improve my basketball skills, there are a couple of ways I can do it, and they can all be good ways. One way to do it is to look at it from a long-term perspective, setting my goal (play in a 3-on-3 competition and place in the top 3) and then work things out from there. Any way to do it is to set a goal for each weekly basketball session that I play in, and attempt to bring up one aspect of my game for that particular week (close to what we're doing with our reading debriefs). The two methods can also complement each other.

So you now have at hand a very powerful, very simple model that you can use to coach yourself to become better. Try it for yourself and see the results! If you want to find out more about the model, or need some guidance in the application, I'll be happy to help you.

Cheers,
Victor

(p.s. the logon name and password have changed for this blog, following the migration to the new blogger. :( Shall tell you the name and password when we meet in person. Or you can ask me.)

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