We’re calling this week 3.5, as a couple of the participants are interstate and were unable to join us this morning.
After puzzling over who to add to their Relationship List, one of the Circle members commented that they might need to revisit their personal goal and maybe change it. This is quite a common reaction after the first few weeks. The first time I tried WOLling, I changed my goal four times! And that’s OK – every time you think about your goal, you are learning something about yourself and about the WOL process. You’ll get better and (dare I say) smarter as you practise setting and refining goals.
Once you have an idea for a goal, the Circle Guides suggest asking yourself four questions:
• Do you care about it?
• Can you benefit from the experience of others?
• Can you frame it as a learning goal?
• Can you make progress towards it in 12 weeks?
So, for example, you might want to get a promotion. That’s not something you can realistically promise to achieve in three months – but it is something that you can work towards. Your WOL goal might be “I want to meet others who work in a higher-level role and ask them questions about how they got there.”
Here are some examples of goals from the WOL Circle guides:
1. I want to learn more about something I care about
2. I would like to explore possibilities in a new area
3. I want to meet people with similar interests
4. I want to get better at what I do for a living
5. I would like to find a new role
6. I would like to get more recognition in my current job
Do any of these goals sound like something you’d like to try? Grab a couple of friends or colleagues, make a regular appointment to meet, and form your own Working Out Loud Circle. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you can achieve in just three months.