GROW is a tool you can use to work towards and achieve your goals. GROW is a model that helps you define your goal, your current reality, your options, and your future path.
To use this model, first define what you wish to achieve(Goal). Then survey your current situation(Reality). Once you have established what you wish to achieve and what your current situation is, look at options to get where you want to go(options). Put on your creativity hat while listing options. Evaluate all your options and determine your way forward.
Let’s use travel as an example of how to use the GROW model. Imagine your goal is to travel from North Carolina to California. Your current reality is that you have a $1,000 budget and need to arrive in California within one week. Your options are bus, train, car, or plane for the journey.
Bus –five days, $675
Train – five days, $800
Car – four days, $240
Plane – 12 hours, $1200
There are a lot of choices to figure out your way forward on your trip. How will you determine which option to pick? A person who values thrift will drive their car, sleeping at rest stops as it is the cheapest option. A person who desires comfort while maintaining budget will choose the train. Perhaps the time savings outweighs the budget variance for another person to choose the plane. Which one will you choose?
Use the GROW model to define your journey. Once you have defined your goal, the GROW model can be used to map your journey to your achievement.