In celebration of Learning at Work week, Craig is looking at how focusing on where you want to be can help identify the most successful route to take you there.
In the words of Steve Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: “Begin with the end in mind”. This quote could be applied to so many different scenarios in life. If we focus on the end point, we will have a clearer understanding of what that point looks and feels like and this makes it easier to identify and plan the route needed to take us there.
This ideology is often used by brilliant leaders to help them think about their destination and how to involve others in the journey to get there. They will often involve a coach to ask them questions to help free up their thinking and crystallize what their end point should be. Once the future point has been identified, crystallised and agreed upon, these thoughts could then be taken to a wider team to help them think about their future goals and the journey needed to get them there.
Coaching techniques can equally be used to help individuals shape their own future. Do you ever get asked “where do you want to be in ‘x’ years’ time?” and how often are you able to share that back with yourself, or someone else? A great starting point could be to write a letter to your future self. What will have changed in your life in terms of personal and work achievements? How do you want to feel and what would make you happy? What would happiness and success look and feel like? The letter could also become a useful ‘poke in the ribs’ to help you stay on track, as would reviewing the letter regularly and monitoring your progress on your journey to where you want to be. Using a coach to provide other techniques such as open, provocative questioning, brilliant listening and creating time to think will help individuals achieve their future end point. The coaching can also highlight certain challenges that may need to be overcome and steps that can be taken to do so.
If you want to have a go, here are some ‘starter for 10’ coaching questions to ask yourself and whet your appetite:
- What does happiness look and feel like to you?
- Where do you want to be in ‘x’ years’ time?
- What will be different in the way that you act and behave?
- What will success look and feel like?
- What do you want you to achieve in the future?
- How will you know you’re on the right track?
- How will you ensure you don’t get derailed?
- What support may you need to get there?
- How much do you really want this?
Remember having a future point in time allows us to ensure everything we do is driving us in the right direction. Without a defined destination, how will you know you’ve got there and where will your journey be taking you?
We’re passionate about coaching at Rambutan and have many successful stories to share. Come and have a chat if you want to know more or you think we can help you. As it’s currently #LearningatWorkWeek with a focus on #shapingthefuture, what better place to start.