September – the season of opaque black tights – is upon us. And while many consider January as the time for resolutions and life-changing plans and actions, for me September is the time for new beginnings.
There is something in the air apart from that slight chill of a faded summer. It has its roots in new school uniforms and shiny shoes, freshly painted classrooms, pencil cases and fancy stationery. More importantly, it is the opportunity to re-invent yourself, especially if you are starting out somewhere new. It is the time to think big and focus on the year ahead and a thousand possibilities. So what’s the plan?
Yes, the plan. Because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. But there is an art to planning. Some follow the corporate SMART model, i.e. setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. It is a sensible approach but I prefer the GROW model which I think is more imaginative:
G is for goal and what you want to achieve.
R is for realistic. What is the situation right now, what might be holding you back?
O is for all the options available to you. The more, and sillier, the better.
W is for the way forward, what you will do.
What I find inspiring about this model is that there are always more options than obstacles.
So, let’s try it out and help me along the way with my goal.
G: I would like to get fitter, tone up and lose weight.
R: I am very busy with family life and never seem to have a moment to spare. I don’t want to spend a lot of money and I need help to be motivated.
O: I could pull on some trainers and go for a run each morning. I could do online exercise classes, some of which are free or relatively cheap. I could join a weekly local exercise class, or I could join a gym.
W: Okay, so I could probably do all of those things but as I feel I need the motivation of regular human contact, the gym or weekly classes would probably work for me. And bearing cost in mind, I would be foolish not to try the gym at University College Birmingham at just £95 for the year or £55 for half a year. I can even pay for membership out of my Kick-Start funds. What’s more, I can do sessions around my classes so I can maximise my time. Alex and the other instructors are super friendly and inspiring and will devise a personal fitness plan for me. If I did have a little spare cash, I could even have personal trainer sessions.
So, it looks as though I am joining the gym! If I don’t see you there, I will keep you posted on my progress in my weekly blogs.
More importantly, what are YOU planning to do? Talk through the GROW model with a friend and who knows where it will take you.