Take an Inside-Out Approach to Goal Setting

Do you look within yourself before making plans for your future?

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Robbi Crawford—professional mentor, sociologist, speaker and author—recommends both her students and leaders take an inside-out approach to setting their goals.

“It's so important to meet each student where he or she is,” shares Robbi. “I start with an inside-out approach that starts with the student. Where are you? Assessing where you are, who you want to be, what you want to do, what you want to contribute, all of that is really important.”

Watch the video to learn more about this inside-out approach to goal-setting and apply it as you make plans for you and your team’s futures.

For me, it's so important to meet each student where he or she is, and some students may take longer than others. I start with an inside-out approach that starts with the student. Where are you? Assessing where you are, who you want to be, what you want to do, what you want to contribute, all of that is really important. And the rest, I believe, when you're clear about that, there's a certain self-confidence and a presence that you have.

I like to talk to students about presence and how powerful our presence is. And when we're not sure who we are and what we want, we don't tend to come off with a powerful presence. In other words, our body language, our voice, how strong we are and what we want to say, asking questions, feeling empowered to go for what we don't see.

One of my analogies is it's like a buffet. We're presented with a buffet and maybe there are four or five things on there and you're told, you're pretty much conditioned to believe this is what you choose from. And I'm like, "OK. I want you to say, 'This is who I am and I really want this, and I don't see that on the buffet. Where can I go get that?'" And I don't think always students are strong enough to think, especially students who may come from populations where they grew up in abuse or neglect. They don't have that kind of personal empowerment. They don't have that kind of confidence to ask for what they want and then to go for it, [unapologetically].

And I think that's one of the big benefits is when you take this inward-out approach, because you're clear on who you are, and I like to even call it their natural rhythm, when you understand what your natural rhythm is from a mental perspective, from an emotional perspective, a physical perspective, spiritual perspective. And even your environment, understanding the kind of environments you flourish in, when you understand what your natural rhythm is, it just makes you feel so much more confident to go after what you want in life.
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Robbi Crawford

Robbi Crawford, Professional Mentor, Sociologist, Speaker and Author, is a former college professor and fierce advocate of today's college student. She's the founder of BrijBrand, an inward-bound hub of services and products designed ...

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