The Worksheets (“Thought Catchers”)
There are a lot of worksheets in this section for the six core strategies
Remember that they are “thought catchers” to be used as you reflect on each strategy and determine how to make it work for you.
It’s usually best to think about coming back to each worksheet several times
That takes pressure off to “finish another task” and it gives your creative self a chance to come forward. First, see what comes easily, then come back a couple of times to see what else you come up with. These are “thought catchers”, so give your thoughts a chance to show up.
Talking with others is also extremely helpful – for you and for them
That also helps with creativity – and it builds the relationship(s). Groups are great, but even one other peer or trusted adult can make a big difference.
There is one worksheet that is common to all six strategies
That is the worksheet designed to help you stay on the path as you go. It has five questions, and these are the five questions that you can use throughout life. You can use them for personal journeys. You can use them for journeys of corporate change when you are working.
1. What do I/We Have to Celebrate?
These are usually little celebrations – as little as a fist pump or smiling and saying “congratulations” to yourself or another. You can celebrate first steps, meeting an interim goal, achieving a final goal, recovering from a failure or disappointment or even celebrating a worthy effort that didn’t work out as well as you had hoped.
Note. Celebrating worthy efforts (they have to be worthy) that got disappointing results is deceptively important because it helps people to keep trying things that aren’t assured of success.
2. What Have I/We Learned?
There are an amazing number of things that you can learn as you go – if you pay attention. You can learn about the specific task you are taking on, about yourself, about change and development, about others, about the world in general, etc.
And the learnings pile up. Pretty soon, you can look back and say, “Wow, I learned way more than I thought I did” – if you pay attention. You will learn some things if you don’t pay attention, but you will learn way more if you pay attention and note what you have learned. But keep it simple.
3. What do I/We Want to Keep Doing?
4. What do I/We Want to Start Doing?
5. What do I/We Want to Stop Doing?
There will probably be a bunch of things you want to keep doing, a couple that you want to start doing and a couple that you want to stop doing. Keep it simple and remember that these questions are designed to help you be the author of your experience.