Updated: Mar 31
We live our lives by processes, which is something that we, generally, don’t consciously consider. Think about this for a moment: our bodies function through various biological processes; the stability of our environment is reliant upon ecological and atmospheric processes (among others); the stories of our lives unfold in cultures and societies that are ordered by a variety of processes. Whether constructed or natural, processes are so inextricably part of our day-to-day lives that we scarcely recognize them for what they are – processes.
Process: a systematic series of actions directed to some end; a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner.
Take a moment to consider how many processes guide and impact your life. Almost everything we do involves order of some sequence. We are educated, find jobs and advance in our careers, woo and marry our partners, build families and develop communities, keep religious traditions, plan, pursue and achieve goals, drive from here to there, exercise, serve roles as a member, colleague, or teammate. We exist by way of processes.
How we regard processes may be related to how we understand and regard relationships – the nature of dynamics and their effects. Our awareness of processes is important. The better we understand the processes in our lives—whether it be to build sales for a business, improve our health, acquire a skill, develop ourselves, etc.—the more likely we are to improve being effective in our capacities and endeavors.
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You may have been unaware of this fact: IDEAL defines you. And any effort you’ve made to improve yourself or reach a goal has involved IDEAL. When we actively work to learn how to improve in order to succeed at something, or learn in order to solve a challenge, we are concerned with one of more aspects of IDEAL. IDEAL is: intend, direct, engage, assess, and learn. Consider how IDEAL applies to your personal and professional interests.
Intend = What you attempt to bring into being
Direct = The course you choose by which to realize what you intend
Engage = The actions you apply in order to effectuate your course
Assess = A calculated determination about your aim, plan, and efforts
Learn = The application of discoveries gained through experience
The Most Natural Process to Success
As mentioned, in addition to being life’s natural process for our development, IDEAL can serve as a model by which to plan and manage progress toward personal or professional goals. Let’s review the main points of IDEAL:
IDEAL is an acronym for the natural process by which we develop ourselves. Each aspect of IDEAL—intend, direct, engage, assess, learn—represents a human attribute.
IDEAL may be used as a model by which to plan and manage progress toward a goal (get support reaching your goal from my free ebook GOALS: The Course to Success, which is available at my website, StevenRobertYoung.com.)
As each aspect is engaged in proper succession, IDEAL becomes cyclical, a continuous process that allows us to build on our experiences, improve, and reach our potential to become and achieve.
Many of the problems we have with self-development and the achievement of our goals may be linked to imbalance or inconsistencies with how IDEAL is expressed in our lives (more details on this point are available in my article: IDEAL Applies to You).
Since IDEAL is cyclical process, driven by the Learn aspect. Our improvement, success, and triumph over challenges can be resolved through our mindfulness of IDEAL.
“If you cannot describe what you are doing as a process,
then you don't know what you're doing.”
– W. Edwards Deming
Whether you're interested in being your "best self" or not, and regardless of your interest in philosophies of ultimate purpose of life, IDEAL is the most natural process for living well and our personal development. IDEAL also serves sufficiently well as a comprehensive model by which to create a plan for productivity toward your most important goals—personal and professional.
IDEAL is at work in all of our lives, regardless of our being goal oriented or attentive to our expressions of IDEAL. However, given the importance of IDEAL as the natural process for development toward our being the people that we become, it would be wise to increase awareness of IDEAL as a process. Put differently: apply IDEAL deliberately in your life, because IDEAL applies to you.
Get the most from IDEAL by being more aware of yourself – what you intend, and how your direct your life, engage pursuits, assess your progress, and learn. Apply what you learn in order to refine how you express IDEAL to develop yourself and improve your ability to achieve your goals. We all have goals. Face yours with IDEAL.
More information about IDEAL and how to be a productive IDEALer (someone who applies IDEAL to achieve a goal or for self-development) is available on my website: StevenRobertYoung.com
I wish you all the best for continued success!
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