Do you have goals that you want to achieve but failed to? Are there issues or problems in your life that you wish you have the right resources and knowledge to deal with? Is there something holding you back in your personal or professional growth?
In this post, we will share a powerful yet simple method that can help you GROW and move past your current situation to get ahead be it in your career or your life.
If there is a goal that you have been wanting to achieve but always seem to be held back, or an issue that has always been on your mind but you keep feeling stuck and frustrated not knowing how to move ahead, the GROW model may be a helpful tool for you. 
As mentioned, it is a simple but also a powerful tool to use, when you apply it the right way. 
While there would be processes and programs that would attract you, there could also be approaches and models that may not work for you. This is why it is important to highlight the effectiveness of engaging a good and reliable coach who is able to understand and help you with what you need. Having said that, the GROW model is not coaching in itself. 

Getting Ahead with GROW

Introducing the GROW Model
The GROW model was created by Sir John Whitmore and his team in the 1980s and later, it was made popular in his book. Since then, the GROW model has been used in personal and executive coaching.
As a coach, functionality and effectiveness of a process or program are important and as well as its practicality. The GROW model is not only straightforward but also self-learnable. It allows you to be maximally aware of where you want to be, where you are currently and opens up your thoughts and beliefs to explore the possibilities and opportunities you can to make the decisions on your own for yourself. 
If you have been looking for ways to help yourself move past your current situation, to finally reach for and achieve the goal that you set or to solve a problem at work, this model will be very much beneficial to you, be it for personal or professional use. 
GROW stands for Goal, Reality, Options and Will. And, it flows in a sequence. 

GOAL > REALITY > OPTIONS > WILL 

In order to reach where you want to be, you have to know where you want to go. It’s like setting a destination on your GPS. In order to do that, you need to know where you are and then find out what are the ways you can use to get there. Then, you need to decide which route or action you want to take. Is it the one with the least toll, or least traffic, or simply the fastest way to reach your endpoint?
Goal 
Firstly, set your destination – Identify where you want to go or what you want to achieve. 
It could be a small issue at work, or something bigger like getting out of a relation, to something huge like your ideal life goals. 
For example, 
1) A copier machine breaks down at work and you desperately need to print 500 copies for an event in the afternoon. 
2) You want to lose some weight, be more fulfilled in your relationship, get out of a relationship, gain a promotion or pay raise at work, enjoy more time alone, or find a new job or career
3) What is your ideal life, ideal relationship, ideal health, ideal career, ideal You? 
Be clear about what you want to achieve and be Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-specific in your goal. 
Reality
Now, let’s check your reality, i.e. where you are in your current situation.
Some questions to ask yourself: 
a) What have you done so far to get out of your situation or to solve your problem? 
b) What is/are limiting you? 
c) What actions have you’ve taken so far?
d) What are your beliefs? What is/are holding you back? 
e) What resources have you tried out? 
f) What have you tried and didn’t work? 
g) What haven’t you tried? 
h) What is currently happening?
i) Do you have the ability to make the necessary changes?
j) What needs to change? 
k) What are you experiencing, feeling or going through now? 
 For instance
1)  What have you done to solve the issue on the copier? Did you try to get help from other colleagues? Did you try printing from other copiers? 
2) What exercises have you started? Have you tried to commit your time and energy to your goal? What have you done to salvage your relationship or friendship? What is holding you back from asking for that pay raise or promotion? Have you done anything to help you move up your career ladder? What have you not done (enough)? 
3) What are your current beliefs and thoughts about living your ideal life, relationship, health career or your best self? So far, what have you done to live your ideals? What haven’t you done that is jeopardising your goal to be your best and live your best life? What are you doing in your daily routines? Are you getting nearer or further away from your goals? 

Options
By this stage, you would already have a clear idea of what’s working and what’s not in your goals.
In order to get ahead and see progress in your goals, something needs to be changed, and that includes whatever that is not working right now. 
Don’t expect results to show when you are repeatedly doing what’s not working. Be open and allow yourself to be honest to see what needs to change and what needs more work to see progress. 
When identifying your options, be open to what resources, opportunities and possibilities you have laid out in front of you. It is helpful to have a coach who is able to help you, ask you the right questions and provide the necessary insights that you need. 
Question to ask yourself
a) What other alternatives can you think of?
b) What other methods have others tried and worked?
c) What may other ways help?
d) What other resources do you have?
e) What other possibilities can you think of? 
f) How else can you do it? 
g) Who can help you?
In the above scenarios, 
1) Can you ask your colleagues to help you print in smaller bulks with other copiers, if you have other copiers? Could you run to the nearest stationery shop and get them printed? Are you able to print from your computer directly? Could you ask someone you know for help to print it from their end and send it to you?
2) If you hated running, what other exercises might you enjoy that can also help you lose weight|? What are some activities you can try to spruce up your relationship? How else can you establish a closer connection with your SO or friends? What else can you do to prove yourself to get that next promotion or pay raise? Could you take some time to speak to your superior? 
3) Could you take time on a regular basis to connect with yourself more? Could you sign up for new interests and explore what you love and pursue them? What other ways can you try to build better health, relationship and career? 
What other ways can you be more fulfilled in your life?  How else can you do to be a better version of yourself every day moving forward? 
Will 
Will is the last step of the GROW model. By now, you have already set a clear goal so you know what you want, and you have a clear picture of what’s working and what’s not working in your current reality and you also have a deck of possible options and resources you could take and make use of to get ahead. 
With these pieces of information, you are now better equipped to make a decision and take the next action towards what you have set to achieve. 
Will requires to you to decide, what do you want to do now. It’s time to make a choice and take the action. Remember, no amount of planning and thinking will help if you don’t take action. Only actions will get you forward.
In this stage, you will
a) list down what you need to do moving forward
b) specify what actions you will take, and by when
c) identify and outline your next plan of actions.
d) include possible challenges you might face in the future and how to move past them.
e) commit to doing it!  
When you set your SMART goal in the initial stage, there was a time element to it. In this Will stage, you will need to set a date/time by which you will have to take action on what you decided to do. 
The GROW model is an easy to learn and a very helpful tool when applied correctly and fully. It has not only helped solve problems and achieve goals but also helped many individuals in achieving personal and professional development. 
If you are struggling to move forward and unable to effectively apply this model, do reach out and let me know how I can help you. The GROW model is a great, simple and powerful tool. However, there may be times in life when we get bogged down by too many problems and clouded by issues so much so that we are not able to see the path ahead clearly. If you do need assistance in this, email me here.  
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