5 - Action

Plan in Action

The last session looked at the planning stage, where you help someone set tangible goals. In this session, Jeff explains the action stage, where the person begins to work toward their goal. 

The action stage is the most fun for the leader—you take on the role of coach. Part of being a coach means helping someone look ahead for possible pitfalls. Jeff advises leaders to ask the person in the action stage:
  • What will you do when you get triggered to go back to your old behavior?
  • How can you avoid certain triggers? 

What do you think of the idea of taking the role of a coach in this stage? Why?
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When have you been triggered to go back to an old behavior? How did you react? How could you use that experience to encourage those you lead who might be triggered in the future?
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What coping mechanisms have helped you when you’ve been triggered? How do you avoid certain triggers?
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The key element to this part of the process is commitment to value-directed behavior. To guide someone toward this kind of commitment, Jeff suggested asking the two following questions:
  • What are you willing to do for 5 minuted, no matter what shows up?
  • What’s the smallest step you can take today to move toward your goal? 

What’s your impression of these two questions? Why? What other questions come to mind that you could use to encourage people to stay committed to their goals?
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Two important aspects of this stage include providing a safe space for the person to practice and support. How could you provide a safe space for people to practice this week and how could you show support to those you lead?
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As you lead others into the action stage, help them think ahead to what might trigger them to return to their old behavior. Take on the role of coach as you provide space for growth and learning. Above all, show support. The action stage can be both exciting and difficult, and you have the unique opportunity to guide someone through to real change.