Solution Focused Scaling
I understand that you might be feeling a bit disheartened as we approach the end of 2023, and the year's big goal still seems out of reach. But let's not forget the beautiful aspirations you had at the start of the year, that spark of hope that ignited your passion.
As we enter the final quarter of the year, I want to remind you that there's still time to move the needle on that big goal you desire so deeply.
Napoleon Hill once said, "Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement."
Absolutely! Napoleon Hill's words hold great wisdom. Having a clear and unwavering goal is essential to set ourselves on the path to success. When we know exactly what we want to accomplish, we can channel our energy, focus, and determination toward achieving it.
Without a definite purpose, our efforts might become scattered, and we may lose sight of what truly matters to us. So, let's take his advice to heart and define our purpose with clarity and conviction as we strive to turn our dreams into reality!
I would like to introduce you to a solution-focused approach that has worked for many of us in creating the results we want even if we sometimes fall short.
Solution Focused Scaling to Goal Setting
I like to use the solution-focused approach to achieving any goal by Elaine Houston. She argues that when we want to improve our lives, it is easy to focus on what is lacking instead of actively taking steps toward a more desirable future. Rather than becoming preoccupied with the problems you face, solution-focused scaling questions ask you to think about your present circumstances, identify goals, think about what you already do well, and monitor your progress on simple scales ranging from 0 (least desirable scenario) to 10 (most desirable scenario).
Identify Your Goal
If you haven't done your mid-year review it's never too late. Take a look at it and identify at least one goal you would like to achieve before the year ends. That goal could be in form of something you would like to change.
Whereas I speak about your goals at work but this could be related to any aspect of your life, including relationships, finances, or your career, among many others.
Here are some examples: you might want to increase sales at work or step into that next level leadership challenge, or you might want to change your career altogether like I did at 42 leaving a partnership and finding new purpose and fulfilment where I am right now. Or your next chapter could be entrepreneurship. Or as a leader, you might wish to work on your communication skills or deal more effectively with problems.
Whatever the goal you have in mind, it is crucial that you identify it very clearly and then write it down on a piece of paper.
Step 1 - Identify Where You Are On The Success Scale
Solution-focused scaling by Elaine Houston
The Success Scale
Now that you have a goal in mind, it is time to look at the success scale. The following questions will help you think about where you are in relation to achieving your goal, what you have already achieved, and what steps will help you move closer to your goal.
This scale will also help you consider past successes and monitor your progress to increase your likelihood of reaching your desired outcome. With your chosen goal in mind, we can start answering the questions of the success scale.
First, take a trip down memory and recall how you poured all your energy, willpower, and effort into it, and ultimately, you got the results you wanted! Relive that moment in your mind.
Rate your goal on the success scale - use the scale above to identify where you are on the success scale above.
Step 2 - Identify What Is Working Well
In every mastermind that I have been a part of, there seems to be a common theme. The questions gearing us towards success all focus on positive intelligence or positive psychology questions that job the part of the brain that Shirzard Chamaine, best-selling author of Positive Intelligence, likes to call the Sage, the deeper and wiser part of your brain.
Here are some questions that are going to activate the sage and keep you in that part of the brain that allows you to meet every challenge.
What actions are currently working well for you?
What can you do more of because it works?
It is not enough to think about the responses to these questions. Pen and paper activate the sage part of your brain much more than you can imagine. So write those responses down on paper. You'll need them for reference as you refine your actions or your goals.
Step 3 - Examine Earlier Success
If there's one thing that I have learned that helps us generate feelings that will propel us into action, it is connecting our thoughts to how we feel.
Now you'll need to examine what worked well for you when you achieved earlier success. Here are the questions you want to consider;
Consider your current point on the success scale (step 1). What helped you to reach that point?
What is different between then and now?
There's one more thing that is often not taught in reliving our accomplishments and that's to recall and reignite how we felt when we think about what worked.
Recapturing that feeling you had when you accomplished that goal helps activate the sage part of the brain and encourages creativity.
As you consider questions in this step try to recall how it felt when you achieved what you have. Was it a sense of accomplishment, elation, pride, or sheer joy— pick one emotion and immerse yourself fully into that emotion. Take a moment to bask in that victorious sensation. Feels amazing, right?
Remembering to always connect with those feelings enables us to take the action we need to take to get closer to our goals.
Step 4 - Visualize A Higher Position On The Scale
Now, armed with that fantastic feeling, let's set you up for success.
Visualizing your future success can be a powerful and effective tool for achieving your goals and aspirations. When you create vivid mental images of yourself succeeding in your endeavors, it can have several positive effects on your mindset, behavior, and overall journey toward success.
Visualizing your success helps you in the following ways; creates clarity, increases motivation, enhances focus and commitment, builds confidence, activates the creative part of the brain, reduces fear and anxiety, develops mental resilience, aligns thoughts and actions and propels us into being more positive and therefore improves our performance.
Consider these questions to help you visualize your success;
How might things be different if you were higher on the scale?
What will you achieve when you are higher on the scale?
Vividly envision yourself in that moment of success.
How does it feel to be there?
What surrounds you?
What emotions fill your heart?
What do you hear?
What empowering thoughts are you telling yourself?
Take a few minutes to savor this mental journey, for in this exercise lies a powerful secret to achieving your goals.
Step 5 - Take Massive Action
Massive action does not at all sound as demanding as it the word 'massive.' Hear me out!
It's important to note that visualization alone is not enough to achieve success. It must be coupled with deliberate and consistent effort, resilience in the face of setbacks, and a willingness to adapt and learn from failures. However, when combined with these elements, visualization becomes a valuable tool that can significantly increase our chances of realizing our dreams and aspirations.
What small steps will you take to begin moving up the scale?
How will you know that you have moved up the scale?
Keep in mind that by regularly practicing the emotions tied to accomplishment, determination, and capability, you pave the way for action towards your goals.
Bonus: Emotions as Fuel for Action towards Success!
The solution-focused scaling exercise allows you to accomplish many things in it. And if you have taken the time to do it, you will notice that you have activated more positive emotions within you.
Emotions play a pivotal role in fuelling actions for success. When you experience positive emotions such as passion, enthusiasm, and determination, you become highly motivated to pursue your goals and aspirations.
These emotions provide the energy and drive necessary to overcome obstacles, maintain focus, and persist in the face of challenges.
PASSION fuels dedication.
ENTHUSIASM fosters creativity.
DETERMINATION sustains effort.
All of which contribute to the path of success. Additionally, positive emotions also enhance cognitive functioning, allowing you to think more clearly, make better decisions, and seize opportunities that align with your objectives.
Moreover, emotions also influence how you interact with others, and strong emotional intelligence can be a valuable asset in achieving success. Empathy, gratitude, and a positive attitude can help build strong networks and foster productive relationships, which are essential elements for personal and professional growth.
Harnessing emotions effectively allows you to maintain resilience in the face of setbacks, maintain a growth-oriented mindset, and adapt to changing circumstances with grace.
Overall, emotions serve as powerful allies in the journey toward success, acting as the driving force behind determination, resourcefulness, and interpersonal skills necessary to achieve one's goals.
Emotions are the driving force behind our actions.
Lastly, cultivate the emotions that push you to take action and conquer any obstacles that stand in your way.
CAPABLE will embolden you to act without limitations.
FEAR can be faced head-on, pushing you forward regardless.
ANXIETY can be recognized and managed, allowing you to move at your own pace.
Once you decide on the emotion that fuels your actions, you'll be unstoppable on your path to success. Now, feeling invigorated and inspired, seize this moment to take one action today toward your goals.
After completing this exercise, where would you say you are right now on a scale of 0-10 in achieving your goal?
What specific actions have helped you reach this point?
What actions or behaviors did not work as well as expected?
In what ways did you find this exercise helpful?
How will you use what you have learned to approach your goals in the future?
I am wholeheartedly rooting for you! Let's make this 2023 home run filled with incredible action toward your dreams. You've got this! 🔥💪
Links to books you will find useful;
The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler
Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine
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