Taking part in a programme will call on you to apply your own time, effort and resources as an active collaborator in your own process.
consider the timing
The first thing to consider when thinking about signing up to a personal advancement programme as a means to improve your psychological wellbeing is the timing.
Think about how can schedule your time to create a space to prioritise investing in you. Whether you are thinking about one of the fixed-term duration or open ended programmes, ideally it is good to plan for a regularised pattern of attendance (day/time and or spacing between sessions), to keep the momentum of advancement going.
consider ways to give yourself a boost
Also consider the mental and emotional effort you will expend in the process (such as thinking about your past, present future or exploring emotions that might be troubling you or holding you back from advancing).
You might want to consider if there is anything or anyone else that could act as a compliment to your personal advancement programme to help boost those energy and resource levels to help you get you fighting fit both before and during the process. That could be anything from having a chat with your employer, GP, pharmacist, partner or friends to see if they can support you in any way, through to planning regular treats for yourself throughout the process.
consider doing a self-audit
To help you to decide which personal advancement programme will be right for you and also which goals for advancement you might like to set, consider doing a self-audit of your current levels of success in relation to your:
- Psychological wellbeing (mental and emotional health).
- Physical wellbeing.
- Relational wellbeing.
- Vocational wellbeing.
- Recreational wellbeing.
Thinking about areas where you are doing well and those you would like to improve can start to shape your plan of action for advancement.
consider mapping your life landmarks
To also help identify areas that you might like to work on during your advancement journey, consider taking a bit of time to reflect on what past, present or future life landmark events and/or experiences are or could impact on your wellbeing.
consider what has been and is influencing your narrative
Everyone’s narrative (perspective on self and life), will have been to a greater or less extent been influenced by the messaging they internalise.
So many individuals who identify as male in terms of sex and/or gender are often exposed to unhelpful or inhibiting concepts of what it means to be masculine that hold them back, or cause them to portray themselves and behave in ways that are inauthentic and stop them from self-defining the type of male they want to be.
If is your life and you have the right to self-define your own narrative about the type of male you are and are going to be.
Consider as part of your preparation any messaging you may have internalised that could be preventing you from being your authentic self or hindering your advancement in life.
consider what you might like to set as your goal(s)
There may be numerous areas of your wellbeing you would like to advance or several life landmarks that are still troubling you or you are currently facing that you would like to work on.
Remember you only have so much time, effort and resources to go around and if you take on too many things all at once that might stretch your mental and emotional strength, stamina and resilience to its limits and beyond.
Consider not only which areas you would like to work on but also what are your priorities. It could be that if you have several things you would like to work on but some are more pressing than others in your life.
Also consider what level of advancement you would like to make and what is achievable with the time, effort and resources you have available to you.
This will help to start shape the goals and targets for your personal advancement programme. Remember you do not have to take on everything all in one go. You can always reengage in subsequent advancement programmes to take on different challenges or move yourself even further down the path to fulfillment.
consider which programme(s) could work for you
MANN Up’s personal advancement programmes have been designed to give flexibility based on what areas clients would like to work on and what resources (time, effort and resource), they have available to expend (see the Personal Advancement Programmes section for details of the current options).
Take a bit of time to consider what might work for you in terms of the type of programme available and the type of advancement you might like to make.
consider giving it a go
Not sure as yet what you might like to work on or which advancement programme could be right for you. That is no problem at all, why not consider coming along to an introductory session. Chatting things over will give the opportunity for you to find out more about the options.
Some people who have never been involved in a counselling/mentoring/life coaching programme before can also be unsure if they that path is right for them. You will not know until you try. At no stage are you committed to continuing with a programme if it is not working for you.