The Scientific Coaching Model – Part 3: Remember Why

September 14, 2020
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The Scientific Coaching Model - Part 3: Remember Why

Remember Why

While this isn’t part of the traditional scientific method, I believe it should be.

So far, we’ve defined an intended outcome in Step 1: Discover & Clarify. And we’ve developed an hypothesis (or a plan we wish to test, an assumption of how our intended outcome might be accomplished) in Step 2: The Hypothesis.

Step 3: Remember Why

In this step we want to define WHY your intended outcome is important to you. This isn’t your big, grand WHY – your purpose, mission, vision, etc. This is why you want to pursue this intended outcome at this time.

What benefit will you experience by accomplishing that outcome (or at least, making serious effort to accomplish it)?

What will you gain from learning if your hypothesis (your proposed plan) works for you? Or doesn’t work for you?

Another Reason to Remember Why

A second reason to work through this step is to ask yourself:

Why is it important NOW? Why work toward this outcome now in my life and/or business?

If it’s important NOW, then let’s get to work on the next step!

If not NOW…

Could it wait 6 months or a year? Or is too late in the game to try this?

Timing is a huge part of accomplishing our intended outcomes. Sometimes our outcome isn’t worth pursuing… right now (and sometimes, not at all).

Third Reason to Remember Why

And the last reason to remember why we are doing this experiment is:

When we are experimenting, we are testing the validity of our proposed plan. Will our proposed plan help us accomplish our intended outcome, or lead us in a different direction? If not, then we’ll need to adjust the proposed plan and try again.

We are also testing the timing of our intended outcome. Is it necessary to pursue this right now? Or can to wait a few months or years?

Last Reason to Remember Why

When the going gets tough – obstacles show up – fear creeps in – if your WHY is strong, it will prevent you from just giving up on the process. What’s the point of trying something new if you’re going to bail on it after a few days or weeks? Knowing WHY gives you the momentum to keep going through the learning process, and helps you evaluate and adapt to what you learn in the process.

Write Down Your Why

Finally, write down your why for pursuing your intended outcome. Having it written down makes it easier to remind ourselves of it – and we’ll need to do that regularly through the process.

 

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