The tools on the buddygroups platform can be used to support an enhanced personal development practice as follows:
Generally this would be very similar to doing it ‘As an individual’, with the added support of a buddy or buddies (in either a Buddy Group or Mentor Group).
Each ‘buddy’ group has four Sections; Gallery, Discussion, Practice and Journal. Each Section is used for a different purpose and therefore have different functionality…
- Gallery Section: This section can hold supportive items such as personal development materials and inspirational items in multimedia form like Wise Quotes, photos, video etc
- Discussion section: is used for interactive Discussions and Questions with others.
- Practice Section: This section has the following functional components…
- Assignments: An assignment can be set to detail the desired changes.
- Practices: Individual activities can be set in relation to the assignment in order to master the required changes.
- Daily Log: A concise written report relating specifically to the implementation of a Practice on a given day.
- Daily Measure: A recorded measurement (eg 1-10) of how well a practice has been implemented that accompanies the daily log (This can be displayed in graph form over time and gives a visual snapshot of progress).
- Reporting: A concise written review of the assignment and/or practices (informed by the daily log and daily measures over a period of time).
- The Journal Section: Enables the recording of dated text entries. As a personal development tool it can be used with a wider scope than the daily log, which is purely a report of events related to a specific practice on a given day. For example, capturing events and insights which are related to your overall personal development and not necessarily to a particular practice.
The buddygroups environment is designed to encourage members to setup and maintain closer ‘buddy’ relationships in order to support each other in the process of making the positive changes they want. Once buddied up, individuals can join and share a buddy group with one another. In this type of group members can share their individual Practices in order to support one another. Buddies can also use the ‘buddychat’ to directly message one another.
Health authorities around the world have also realised the power of using peer-to-peer systems such as the buddy system. Such systems help to encourage patients in supporting one another in order to maintain and improve health – whether it is physical, mental or emotional. By receiving support through a social connection, with at least one other person, the chances of improved health are greatly increased. Isolation however, an unseen disease, can diminish an individual’s ability to care for themselves – this in turn can result in lowered health in the process. Having buddies therefore, who show interest in one another can have a significant effect upon each other’s well being.
The bottom line here, is that when when a buddy system is employed as part of self development, the chance of successfully achieving a particular outcome is greatly increased. It is a win-win situation as the buddies can benefit equally in the relationship.
Similar to the ‘As an individual’ example, a person wants to make a positive behavioural change in their life with the support of a good friend. An Assignment is chosen and some Practice steps are identified. The two people buddy up and a ‘buddy’ group is setup to work on the Assignment. The buddy can see the Assignment, the Practices, The daily Logs, Measures and Reports.
They can set up a discussion thread in the Discussion Section to create a dialog specifically on the Assignment if they choose. As well as specific discussion threads, the buddy can ‘Comment’ on, and/or discuss, any of the posted items: Assignments, Practices, Daily Logs and Reports. They can also direct message one another through ‘buddychat’ as well.
Expanding on the above scenario, it could be a small group of buddies (up to eight) that embark on a mutually agreed Assignment in order to support one another.
Alternatively it could be a member who is working with a professional mentor, such as a Life Coach, where the mentor supports the individual in developing their Assignment, and subsequent Practice steps, until the goal is reached.
A member of buddygroups can have up to five small ‘buddy’ groups that they are connected with, each having a different focus.