Today will be better, says I to the Universe! *While holding thumbs*
First and foremost, Roz said something during the course of the class that was so profound and resonated with me on such a personal level that I want to start today’s blog with it: –
“Look for a pair of kind eyeballs and speak to them!”
I cannot get over how much better I felt from then. It will now be my mantra, I will remember it always and use it in my daily life when I am feeling insecure and unable to cope!
I was so excited to see my fellow student’s first facilitation piece. They were thrown in the deep end and I just knew that they would do great. Thank goodness I only get to present on week 4!
Upon entering the class I get a number from the lady at the door and the first thing that I notice are the balloons! Yay! You can never go wrong with balloons. Everyone loves them. They automatically put me at ease. Today’s topic was about Setting Goals.
Their presentation is so well thought out. They used the catch phrase. Yes, yes, I know that most people think its overrated but this one worked. They used the word: “SMART”.
They used it in the sense so that it meant:-
S – Specific
M – Measureable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time Bound
How clever was that! We were split into 5 groups where we were each given a letter out of the “SMART” word and we had to discuss the relevant word to the letter. We had to interact with one another and the members of the first facilitation group had to facilitate us. It was a wonderful learning experience and I think a major eye opener for me.
I sat there listening to everyone in my group discussing their goals and ambitions and I was clueless. I have all these wonderful ideas in my head about what I would like to achieve, but I never ever follow through. I now know, with all the clarity that I can muster, that I am, in fact, in the right place! I learn by sight and I believe that I am in good company! I will now take the time to think about it, set some goals and I will achieve them. This group has given me some of the tools to do so. They have made me apply my mind to relevant questions such as what would prevent me from achieving my goals and what I think I need to achieve them? I have never actually taken the time to dissect and answer those questions for myself. I am still a work in progress and I have time to set my goals and I will use the “SMART” method when making and achieving them!
We were also told what and would be expected of us in these blogs. Hopefully I am doing it right! LOL!
It was further explained how important these blogs are to the Final Reflection Essay I will have to write. The circle of learning was helpful as it explained how what we are learning will be useful and relevant in our lives.
We did a fun writing exercise where we could write for two minutes without punctuation and grammar. We were to write whatever came to mind at that time. I must confess, I struggled with the no punctuation and grammar rules, I am not great at it, but it is there for a purpose and I need it! I also realised just how much nonsense happens in my head when I least expect it. I wrote about rugby, food, cars, my children, fortnite, housekeeping, a family friend, the weather and even my mom who is currently on holiday in Dubai. I also know that my head works way faster than I can write.
On a side note: Roz asked the class whether we watched the video by Simon Sinek – The Golden Circle. Much to my horror only three of the class watched the video and I was not one of them. Not only could I sense the disappointment from Roz, I could feel the shame from all of us. Now, after watching the video, I wish I had watched it before the lesson. It would have made the lesson easier to follow and more easily understandable.
This weeks “takeaway”: Look for kind eyes and start by setting small, more achievable goals. My mother always says: – It doesn’t matter how to start your life, only how you finish it. Always watch videos and read articles which are referred to in the class. They wouldn’t be mentioned if they were not important.
During the coming week, I will make extra effort to: Read and write more!
Another thing…What you know is not the main thing. It is about what you do with what you know that counts?