The group meets once a week for one hour and the size of the group is six to eight members comprising the ideal combination of the 16 personality types to best interact with one another to support and encourage understanding and diversity of ideas towards making progress for each of the members in achieving their relationship goals. The cost of enrollment is $150.00 for the six weeks and sessions begin January 2nd 2019. Video conferences are live workshops that are given over the internet where you can interact with the instructor and the other team members. Video conferences are a great way to learn, because you can learn from the convenience of your home or office. Optional telephone dial-in access. If you don’t have a camera and microphone on your computer, or you’ll be away from your computer during a class, you can dial into the class via phone. The live class sessions will be recorded, so if you miss a session, you will be able to download the audio recording of the class and listen to it at your leisure. Class recordings are generally made available within 24 hours of the class date.
As you brainstorm with other group members, you are looking for people who will:
SMARTMATCH SUPPORT GROUPS
We’ll expand on definitions to explore how to create, develop and achieve your relationship goals:
Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it.
It’s important to have measurable goals, so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.
Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but still remain possible. When you set an achievable goal, you may be able to identify previously overlooked opportunities or resources that can bring you closer to it.
This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you, and that it also aligns with other relevant goals. We all need support and assistance in achieving our goals, but it’s important to retain control over them. So, make sure that your plans drive everyone forward, but that you’re still responsible for achieving your own goal.
Every goal needs a target date, so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.
To start using empathy more effectively, consider the following:
1. Put aside your viewpoint, and try to see things from the other person’s point of view.
When you do this, you’ll realize that other people most likely aren’t being evil, unkind, stubborn, or unreasonable – they’re probably just reacting to the situation with the knowledge they have.
2. Validate the other person’s perspective.
Once you “see” why others believe what they believe, acknowledge it. Remember: acknowledgement does not always equal agreement. You can accept that people have different opinions from your own, and that they may have good reason to hold those opinions.
3. Examine your attitude.
Are you more concerned with getting your way, winning, or being right? Or, is your priority to find a solution, build relationships, and accept others? Without an open mind and attitude, you probably won’t have enough room for empathy.
5. Ask what the other person would do.
When in doubt, ask the person to explain his or her position. This is probably the simplest, and most direct, way to understand the other person. However, it’s probably the least used way to develop empathy.
It’s fine if you ask what the other person wants: you don’t earn any “bonus points” for figuring it out on your own.
Practice these skills when you interact with people. You’ll likely appear much more caring and approachable – simply because you increase your interest in what others think, feel, and experience. It’s a great gift to be willing and able to see the world from a variety of perspectives – and it’s a gift that you can use all of the time, in any situation.