Day 5: The I.D.E.A.L Method
Imagine this scenario.....
Your daughter comes home from the first day of school saying she made a new friend, and she's been invited to the friend's house to play the next day.
You're thrilled that she's made a new friend and has a smile ear-to-ear. BUT, you've never let her go to a friend's house without you, let alone to someone's house whose mother you've not yet met. You want to let her go and play, but your fear is keeping you hostage. The "what ifs" are playing loud and on repeat in your head, making it hard for you to think straight!
When you need to make a decision, but your emotions are taking over, having a problem-solving tool to help navigate the scenario can be beneficial.
That's where the I.D.E.A.L. Method comes in! This technique helps define the main problem in a situation, and guides you through creating and evaluating solutions. Essentially, it helps you look at things more objectively.
Applying the I.D.E.A.L. Method to the scenario above might look like this....
IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM:
(Describe it with detail - have you had similar scenarios before?)
(What would you like to happen? You’ll need to sort through the feelings in order to make a tangible goal)
(What solutions are there? Which is best? Is it safe? List the pro/cons of each).
(Pick one of the solutions and try it)
(Did it work? If not, what will you do differently next time?)
Benefits of the I.D.E.A.L. Method....
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