The Grid: Know Thyself

The Grid: Know Thyself 

The Grid helps in:
  • Increasing introspection and self-awareness.
  • Examining personal likes and dislikes and know more about oneself.
  • Developing a personal plan for attaining valuable outcomes, cherishing —existing outcomes, preventing undesirable outcomes, and accepting things beyond your control. 

So what implications does your grid have for future action? Here arc some suggestions for you to think about. Feel free to write down the action items.

Quadrant 1

Review the items on the first quadrant. These are items that you want and have. Take one item at a time and think about the following action steps: 
  • Cherish this item. Are you enjoying this item as much as you should? 
  • Avoid taking it for granted. Guard against its loss. Do maintenance activities to keep it at the current level. 
  • Avoid a feeling of letdown. Sometimes when people strive hard and achieve an item, they go through a feeling of letdown. Do you still have the same positive feeling that you had when you recently acquired or achieved this item? 
  • Leverage this item. Add items to the quadrant below to help you fullly utilize, exploit, and market this item. 
  • Share this item. Give it to others without any strings attached. You will enjoy the item more and gain some important things. 
  • Be ready for potential loss. Sooner or later, in spite of your best efforts, you may lose this item. Are you ready to cope with this loss? 

Quadrant 2

Review the items in the second quadrant. These are items that you want but currently don't have. Take one item at a time and think about the following action steps: 
  • Plan. What steps should you undertake to acquire or achieve this item? 
  • Explore. You may come up with a systematic plan to achieve this item. But perhaps there are also some intuitive approaches for doing this. 
  • Sacrifice. You may not be able to move an item up from this quadrant without moving something down from the first quadrant. Think about what you have to sacrifice. 
  • Evaluate. Conduct a cost-benefit analysis: How much time and effort do you. have to spend to obtain this item? What potential benefits are you likely to get from this item? Is the cost worth the benefit? Avoid obsession. Don't become so focused on you don't have that you don't have time to enjoy what you already have.
  • Ask for advice. Other people may give you use suggestions, but remember 'You are unique and your learning and working style maybe different from those of others. 

Quadrant 3

Review the items in the third quadrant. These are items that you don't want and don't have—but there is a chance that you may get them. Take one item at a time and think about the following action steps: 
  • Prevent. Identify and take appropriate precautions to prevent yourself from acquiring this item. Avoid brooding. Don't spend so much time and energy on preventive measures, anxiety, and worry that you forget to have fun in the other quadrants. 
  • Remember your choices. Sometimes, all you have to do is to simply say "No" to this item. 
  • Avoid denial. You cannot avoid this item by denying possibilities and pretending that it will not affect you. 
  • Invest. Spend the necessary time and energy to safeguard your future from this item. 

Quadrant 4

Review the items in the fourth quadrant. These are items that you have—but don't want. Take one item at a time and think about the following action steps: 
  • Remove. If it is within your control, do whatever is needed to get rid of the thing that you dislike. Add an opposite item to the second quadrant. 
  • Reduce the impact. Do what it is needed to make sure that this item does not drag you down. Compensate with technology. Use suitable tools to help you minimize the impact of this item. Accept reality. If you cannot change this item, accept it with wisdom and maturity. 
  • Stop feeling guilty. Avoid blaming yourself for your past behavior. It is €me to move on. 
  • Take time to grieve. If a new item appears in this area, give yourself time to accept it. 

Additional Suggestions

Here are some additional thoughts about The Grid as a self-assessment tool: 
  • Keep adding items. Throughout this day, this week, and this lifetime—keep adding items to the grid. Retirement scenario. Try a time-travel activity. Imagine that you are retiring from your professional career. What would the items in the grid look like?
  • Role-playing. Pretend you are your manager or your mother. How would she or he fill out the grid for you? How would your significant other fill out this grid for you?
  • Narrow the scope. Take one-specific aspect of your life such as your career as a consultant. Complete the grid with items that are relevant to only this aspect. Review the items and come up with an action plan. 
  • Happy Birthday! Fill out the grid on the eve. of your birthday. Review the differences between last year's grid and this year's. Are you headed in the right direction?

The Grid: Know Thyself The Grid: Know Thyself Reviewed by Naukari Click on June 06, 2019 Rating: 5

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