Have you ever wondered how you can be really good at one thing, but can suck at another?
What if you could find a way to be really good at both?
With the help of this neat tool called GEO (Goal; Evidence; Operation), you can start to explore and understand how you achieve consistently high results in one area whilst you seem to struggle to make headway in another.
First of all, recall an effective context, something that you consistently achieve in. Next, ask these four simple questions:
- What are your goals in this context? (GOAL)
- How do you know when you have achieved these goals? (EVIDENCE)
- What do you do in order to reach these goals? (OPERATION)
- What do you do if you are not reaching these goals? (OPERATION)
Be specific, answering each question as fully as you can.
Next, consider an ineffective context, something you find challenging or do not achieve highly. Repeat the four questions, again being specific and answering each one fully.
Now, compare the two sets of answers. Notice what is similar and what is different about each one?
Ask yourself, what would it be like if you...
- ...set goals in the same way, in each context?
- ...knew when you had achieved the goals, in each context?
- ...took the same or similar steps to achieve them?
- ...took the same or similar steps if you weren't achieving them?
Have fun with this, and let me know how you get on by leaving a comment below.