Step by step action planning: what step are you on?

I really liked a recent afternoon of teaching about action planning in which we looked at this drawing and talked about how every goal we aspire to, are working on or have accomplished can be put on these steps.   It was a very fun conversation and people really seemed to like the idea that we’re never nowhere, we’re always somewhere.   Gosh I hope that doesn’t turn out to be my quote for posterity, Yogi Berra style.   But it can be really easy to get very down on ourselves about what feels like a lack of progress, when really it’s just a position in a process.

Yogi Berra did say something I really like, speaking of planning: “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

Anyway, some people have asked for copies of this – I’m afraid I don’t know the original source of the drawing I recreated or this concept (if you do know, let me know so I can give them credit).   Feel free to download and use it 🙂

Published by Aaron

Director of Research, Training and Development, Spectrum Society for Community Living. As well as being responsible for in-house training and research on best practices in the field of helping people with disabilities organize their supports, I support self advocacy groups, contract to provide training and workshops to other agencies and groups and facilitate inclusive research groups. I am the author/illustrator of three books, co-editor of a new anthology for 2012, and co-editor of Spectrum Press. My passion is creating networks of best practice leaders in our field to share person-centred alternatives in how people with disabilities can be facilitated to live lives where their gifts are necessary components in their communities. I am currently half way through a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary studies, focusing on Equity and Adult Education, and particularly on how people with intellectual disabilities may be supported in participatory leadership groups.

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