Meeting our needs

Meeting our needs

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.

Meeting our needs visual template

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.
  • SignificanceThis 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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New Year coaching template

New Year coaching template

It’s here!

Welcome to 2017. New year, new energy, new opportunities. Woo hoo!

To say thanks for being my subscriber (I know I don’t always get it right and you’re still here so thanks!) I enclose a free visual coaching template to help you get 2017 off to the best possible start.

To use the visual coaching template simply print a copy, grab your favourite makers and  fill it in according to the instructions below.

1. How I Want To Feel This Year.
What words immediately come to mind? Jot these down. Have fun with it. How do you really really want to feel in 2017? The plans, the actions, the tasks are often rooted in a quest to feel a particular way. We want those shoes because we feel amazing in them; we want lots of money to feel successful, connected, contributing etc..

2. Thoughts, Words, Deeds That Feed My Soul
How often do we make plans without tending to these important aspects of our lives? To achieve our goals I believe we need support, guidance and fun along the way! Make sure you feed your soul in 2017 with that which sets you alight.

3. Aims, Goals, Desires
Ok, let’s get into the juicy details here. Choose one area of your life, or really go for it and jot down everything you want to achieve in 2017. Don’t worry about the how for now, just get it all down and make sure you write in the present tense. Don’t overthink it, ink it!

4. New Habits I Want to Cultivate
If your goals include streamlining your finances (for example) a new habit may be doing your accounts on a monthly basis. Want to feel fit and fantastic every day? A new habit may be to get up 20 minutes earlier than usual and go for a walk. What new habits do you need to cultivate to support your goals?

5. Purpose
This is a big question! When I filled out the template I instinctively left this as the last section to fill out. It can be a word, a sentence, even a song title. Get something in there that’s a nod to your why, your reason for being here. What feeds your drive, your heart, your spirit?

Good luck and I’d love to hear how you get on with the template so do drop me a line to let me know.

Here’s to your best year yet!
Emer

Oh, and if you love the idea of visual templates and want to learn more do join me for Secrets of Simple Graphics on September 5th. It’s going to be an amazing group!