Ever since being trained in the use of Person Centred Planning MAP and PATH tools back in 2002, I’ve always been a fan of using visuals for planning. I use visual planning in my own business, as well as with individuals and teams.
More recently I’ve been considering all the different ways we can use visuals for personal development.
I’m developing a series of visual templates and wanted to share this one with you.
You may be familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The author and coach Tony Robbins has developed Maslow’s theory to define what he calls the ‘6 Human Needs’. To help us to consider these needs and how we are meeting them – and in fact to take a step back and address more fundamental needs first – I have created this visual template.
Here’s how it works. Print out the template so you can fill it out. Feel free to add more doodles and drawings to clarify your thoughts as you work through it.
Instructions for using the template:
1. First consider whether the basic needs of sleep, water, exercise and sunlight are being met (Tick the box underneath each need for all that apply). It is much easier to tackle change, make plans and move forward in life when these fundamental needs are being met. If there is any need here that is not being met put energy into resolving this before moving on to the next stage.
2. Now from 1-10 score the level at which the following needs are being met:
Certainty/Comfort: The need for a level of predictability and security in life. At its basic level this is about knowing we have a roof over our heads, food on the table and people we can rely on, and that none of these elements are under threat.
Variety/Uncertainty: Variety is the spice of life (or is it?!) This is a need for change, spontaneity, risk and adventure, all of which are important in terms of adding interest and excitement in our lives.
Significance: This is the need to have meaning in our lives. We all want to feel important and to know that we matter to others and that we are are worthy of respect.
Connection/Love: The need to feel connected to and loved by other people, to feel part of a community and have close relationships.
Growth: This is the desire to grow, to develop, to learn new things, to stretch ourselves, to improve and to accomplish goals.
Contribution: This is the need to add value to the lives of others, to contribute to something bigger than ourselves, to make a difference.
Once you have considered the extent to which your needs have been met add each ‘score’ to the relevant section in the template. You may wish to draw a line between each score to highlight how balanced (or unbalanced) your needs currently are. For example, if you scored 6 in each area when you draw the lines between each one the result will be a very balanced wheel, however, if you scored 2 in some areas and 8 in others, for example, your resulting wheel may be a little wobbly.
3. Select three needs you wish to focus on (these don’t necessarily need to be the lowest scoring) and ask yourself what small steps you can take in the next week to move forward in each of these areas.
Reviewing our basic needs on a regular basis not only supports us in creating foundations from which we can make plans, it can also help to inform those plans. The next time you are feeling stuck or having difficulty moving forward consider printing off this template and taking time to reflect on your needs.
I hope you enjoy this visual coaching template (note: this template is for personal use only). I’d love to get your feedback! Hit reply to this email to let me know in the comments what you think.
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Simple drawings are a powerful tool to shift us from a feeling of inertia to one of clarity and control.
If you’re grappling with a problem and haven’t been able to settle on a solution try drawing it out.
By simply drawing out the who, what, when and where of your problem you will soon start to see aspects you hadn’t considered till now. This act of putting pen to paper, of thinking visually allows for new ideas to form and solutions to emerge.
Want to take it further? Here’s your step by step guide (with thanks to David Sibbet):
1. Focus the issue – who, what, when, where
2. Start brainstorming solutions – one idea per post-it
3. Group the notes and label the headings
4. Discuss each proposal
5. Vote on the most promising
6. Discuss top three – pros/cons of each option.
7. Make decision
This becomes particularly powerful when we start working as a group to solve problems and several ideas emerge.
Solving problems as a group and not sure everyone has bought into the decision? Tune in next week for a quick technique that tests this and ensures everyone is on the same page.
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