Working to achieve our goals often causes us great stress, especially when the goal is very important and there is a great amount of pressure surrounding us. The increased pressure causes us to be triggered leaving us unable to think or function as efficiently as we normally would. This concept is discussed in Chapter 3 of Rick Boersma’s Graphic Innovation Guide. In dealing with this, Rick introduces Timothy Gallwey’s S.T.O.P. Model "The First Rule of Coaching".
The S.T.O.P. acronym stands for:
This is a tool that can be applied to many situations in addition to coaching. This process can be very useful in your work life because there are many situations that it can be applied. Rick explains that it can be seen as the first rule of not only coaching, but used in emotional intelligence, innovation, problem solving, team building, etc. The first step, Stepping back, is also the most difficult because we are usually triggered and under pressure. However, in doing so, we are able to move on to the next step and Think with a clear mind. Then we Organize our thoughts and decide how we will execute them. Finally, we actually Proceed to carry out what we have carefully thought through. This tool is especially effective in situations that involve high stress, not only at work but also our personal lives. A well thought out process gives you more awareness of yourself and surroundings, allowing you to better respond.
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