West Yorkshire Mentor Guide

Another useful approach to setting goals is the POWER technique. P – positive – set goals using positive terms and words. “I want to make progress with my qualification” rather than “I don’t want to keep procrastinating.” O – ownership – consider what part of the goal is within the individual’s control. There are some things we can do and some things we can only influence. “I want to stop people interrupting my work” may not be within their control, but “I can influence others to interrupt me less” is. W – where, what, who, etc – this covers the actions to gain the goal and may include some SMART criteria. E – ecology – this checks the individual’s buy in to the goal. Ask, “if you could have that tomorrow, would you take it?” If there is any hesitation before the “yes”, then check what the barriers are. R – reality – this is about making achievement seem as real as possible and is done by getting the individual to visualise success. The more the end goal appears, the more likely it is to happen.


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