Here is a simple framework of success which you can apply to personal growth and developmentin general. The framework is simply called 10 R’s to Success. I’ll use the word “problem” but youmay substitute it with “goal”, “challenge” or “objective” . These are all interchangeable andequally applicable in this context.
R # 1 : RealisticUnrealistic goals and expectations can lead to failure and disappointment. This is why I’ve setbeing Realistic the most important element of the framework. It wraps the other elements andserves as a reminder that throughout the process, we have to be brutally honest with ourselvesabout what we are trying to do, whether it is attainable or not and what’s really involved.
R # 2 : RealizeRealizing a change is required. That is, the moment when something inside just clicks by magicand I realize there’s a problem and something needs to be done. This is really the first step inthe whole process. If we don’t know whether a change is required or not, either nothing wouldchange or something would change but not by choice or conscious effort.
R # 3 : RecognizeIt is about identifying what the problem is truly about and whether there are any parallels we candraw from based on our past experiences and circumstances. If I were to break a problem down,there are always similarities with other things I’ve done before. Recognize is the step in which wetry to figure out what the problem is about and whether we’ve solved similar things before.
R # 4 : ReframeOur initial assessment of a problem can be incorrect, because the problem is poorly defined. Reframingis the feedback step which allows us to restate the problem in a different way and in doing so perhapsRealize and Recognize the problem as something else entirely. This can sometimes cast a problem in adifferent light and present a solution which may otherwise not be obvious.
R # 5 : RespondAlthough Respond is depicted as the next step which comes after Recognize, it doesn’t really occuruntil the problem is fully Realized, Recognized and Reframed. Respond is an action step. It is abouttaking the problem we have identified and working at the action items until the problem is resolved.I find using solutions I have applied to similar issues, keeping things positive to be useful here.
R # 6 : ReviewHave we actually resolved the issue? That’s a question we should always ask, even though it mayseem obvious for simple problems. Review is the time we do this and it’s important because withoutit, we may never learn from our mistakes or know if our solution has done the job or not. If we aren’tsatisfied for whatever reason, we will need to Repeat a few things.
R # 7 : RepeatRepeat is the step which we follow if for whatever reason the solutions we have put in place does notmeet all the requirements we have identified. I find as I work on a problem, my initial assumptionscan be incorrect. For these cases, I repeat the Recognize step to redefine and potentially reframethe problem. For these cases, I simple Respond again.
R # 8 : ReflectReflection is similar to Review in the sense that we are comparing what we’ve done against what wehave set out to do. Whilst Review is focused mainly on the problem itself, Reflect is about matchingwhat we’ve done against our overall mission statement and goals in life. Reflection is the step inwhich we pause for a second to ask if we’re doing the right thing.
R # 9 : RewardIf you have met all the requirements of the problem and are measuring well against youroverall goals, then reward yourself. This is an important step because it helps to keep usmotivated. As with the other steps, ensure your Rewards are Realistic!
R # 10 : RenewThe final element in the framework is Renew. Renew is essentially using the results of the work youhave just done and the things you have just achieved as a motivator for new and more ambitiousgoals. Use it as a launching platform to set your sights to new things which may not have seempossible or Realistic before.
Life is a continuous process of discovery and learning. At this very moment, you are discoveringnew things, experiencing interesting events, learning and growing constantly. For any givenproblem, challenge or goal, pause for a moment and identify which step you’re at. Just startapplying the 10 R’s to Success based on where you’re at right now, irrespective of the problem.
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