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Dr. Troy P. Roddy

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The 5 W's of Thrivapy

The 5 W's (Who, What, Where, When, and Why) are well known standards for journalism, but did you know that the same 5 W's can be a great way to find satisfaction and success in school?

I prefer to work in the order presented, but if you choose to reorder your thinking, consider keeping "Why" first.


"Why" is the question that reveals your purpose. Your "why" includes your beliefs, mission, vision, and philosophy. In Thrivapy terms, "why" is your foundation. It is the core of what drives (or should drive) your goals, decisions, and actions.

Reflection question: "Why are you here?"


"Who" is less about you than it is about your team. Knowing who is willing and able to provide guidance and support is important. Often in school, we forget that much of what we do does not need to be solo missions. Having a clear sense of who is on your learning team is an important step in finding satisfaction and success. With Thrivapy, this is often a part of building relationships using the FRITR (friendly, responsive, interactive, trustworthy, reliable) approach.

Reflection question: "Who are the members of my learning team?"


"Where" can be tricky. It does not pertain to the location of your classes. ""Where" speaks to your goals, your desired destination, it is the point in the future that describes the "better you." Of course your goal may include a physical location, but the meaning behind this question is more about your goals, which could be an intellectual or emotional location also. Setting appropriate goals can get complex and is another core principle of Thrivapy.

Reflection question: "Where do you want to go?"


"What" is your action plan. Once you know where you want to go, now you need to make efforts to get there. To answer this, you may need to come to grips with any realistic roadblocks in your way and how to mobilize your learning team to help (this is why I like this order of the questions). Taking action is another principle of Thrivapy. 

Reflection question: "What are you going to do?"


"When" is less about your start than it is about your finish. Start now. Answering "when" is how you set a deadline for either completion or a point for you to evaluate progress. Setting time lines will help you stay motivated and avoid open ended goals that are less specific and more likely to frustrate you. Thrivapy addresses this concept during goal setting and with check-in meetings to track progress.

Reflection question: "When do you want to reach your goal?"