Equifinality is a fancy pants word for reaching a given outcome by many potential means. Basically, there are many routes up the mountain. For our Funky Action Faction Fam shared purposes, consider how we each come to the Faction driven by a unique vision, yet our shared mission is to grow as people and professionals, yes?
As we get our last reps of this term and 2017 in, I offer you a mashup of two of the most potent elements we have in the personal development mix- self-acceptance & values in action to thoroughly embrace your route up this shared mountain we’re climbing together.
The goal of this mashup exercise:
- Provide a process for clarity and reflection about your needs and intentions
- Analyze what you’ve learned
- Envision next steps
- Plan some prioritized actions toward personal and professional goals
SELF-ACCEPTANCE BRIEF REVIEW
Remember, if there’s any daily practice that is money in the bank when it comes to self-acceptance and its role in personal development, that practice is to continually challenge what we think we’re supposed to be, and wrap ourselves in the gigantic phenomenon of who we actually are.
Recall what Carl ‘More Human than White Zombie’ Rogers said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Consider that he is not implying blanket acceptance of every aspect of ourselves. A quick interpretation is, until you shine the light of awareness on something…ain’t nuttin’ gonna change!
To achieve this type of acceptance requires some reflection. That’s what we’re setting up here, yes?
Exercise 1: Set a 5-minute timer on your phone and think back over what you’ve implemented this fall term. What have you learned about yourself as a person and a professional? Good, bad, ugly. No judgment zone. No self-editing.
In order to do something with this new level of awareness and acceptance, we mix in a healthy dose of out next element.
VALUES IN ACTION BRIEF REVIEW
Remember, values are like the core muscles of personal development.
Recall, values are a ‘Walk the Talk’ kind of proposition. Easy to talk about, MUCH harder to put the hustle into that muscle and live it.
Values can simply be understood as: ‘A person’s principles and standards of behavior based on what THEY think is important in life.’
For our purposes, we’re looking to line up our values and put them into everything we do to stay tall and tight in life.
Consider what Omar from ‘The Wire’ said to Bunk, “A man gotta have a code.”
In week 7, you identified your top 4 core values. Using those, or your most relevant top set, look back over the Fall Faction and self-assess:
Exercise 2: Set a 5-minute timer on your phone and consider your responses to exercise 1 in light of your top 4 set of values.
Over the course of this fall term: When did you make decisions totally on point with your values and when did you make decisions outside of your values as a person and a professional? Good, bad, ugly. No judgment zone. No self-editing.
Exercise 3: What’s next? What do you need to take with you moving forward and what will you leave behind?
My next set of goals to set the tone for 2018…
What support and what accountability systems/strategies are or need to be in place to get what you need?
Get in touch if you’d like to chat about getting this bad-boy done.
Simply the best,
Personal Growth Ambassador
Agent of Good Will