Releasing my book this past year was at first exciting, but then a little discouraging. No big book launch party, challenges of moving fun interactive workshops to virtual event, and hoping it resonates with people. Then, today I received this feedback! Thank you!! I feel inspired again!!
Join me for a fun virtual workshop to create your vision for 2021! It’s a special free event. Details at https://fb.me/e/3z32LXQwZ
In ToP Facilitation, we have several steps to a strategic plan process. The first is creating a VISION. This is my favorite! We get to brainstorm all of the great things that could be! The second is identifying all of the WALLS or UNDERLYING CONTRADICTIONS that are keeping us from achieving our vision. I used to hate this part. But, then I realized how enlightening this step can be. If a person or group really digs deep they can not only discover, but bring voice to those issues that are having a significant impact. Why can’t I/we achieve _____? It is by being honest, open, and sharing our issues, concerns, and fears that we can form a plan to overcome our underlying contradictions or walls and move towards our shared vision.
I think this is a lesson we can learn from now. Many of us have faced a challenging week with the election. We are seeing how truly divided we are as a country and even in our communities. This is hard, really hard. But instead of hiding and ignoring issues, they are coming to the surface. At the surface and out in the open, is a place that we can deal with them. We can talk. We can make plans. We can figure out how to come together by understanding better where we are, where we have been, and where we would like to be.
I plan to make an effort to be part of the process! What am I going to do? I am going to keep working with my counties and local government to do the best we can to offer services to our communities. I am going to volunteer at SCORE to offer solutions and advice, hopefully some strategic planning, to small local businesses. I signed up this week! I am going to continue to offer virtual mini strategic planning workshops to help groups, communities, and individuals plan their next steps. Interested? Message me! I’m going to offer these at no cost through the end of the year. I will also send out five free copies of my strategic planning workbook…drop me a note to be entered Into the drawing. And, I’m going to stay hopeful!
What are you going to do?
…for audacious acts can incite real change.
This is one of my favorite exercises when starting a facilitated event. It’s especially helpful for helping everyone become present in the room, in person or virtual, after hustling to get there on time — whether it be traffic or just getting the right link and technical challenges out of the way. And, it works if you just need to create a little space in your day!
Things have been crazy and tough this year. It was exciting to publish my book, but everything is moving at a slow pace. I’m waiting for my trademark to be approved. I’m waiting for my book to be released on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. And most of all, I’m waiting for the world to return to a place with gatherings and hugs! But while I wait, I wear a mask when I’m out and I’m journaling. Each day I start my journaling with my accomplishments from yesterday, what I created, what I organized, and what was my act of kindness. This keeps me in a space of hope!
be well. be bold. be audacious.
Hot off the press! An Audacious Plan is now available! You can order online from Lulu.com by clicking here. Also, available on Amazon.
Success is personal. Standing naked in front of a mirror kind of personal. Standing naked in front of a mirror shutting out all of society’s voices on what you should be and what you should want. What makes YOU happy? What is YOUR definition of success for you and your business or your project. Not what others expect from you, but what YOU want for YOU. Is it “fire your boss” and turn your hobby into a full time business? Is it devoting more time to your art or project? Is it to teach your craft to others? Is it a large project you keep putting off that you want to complete? If you were to accomplish that vision, what would that look like?
Consider a painter, success could be selling art at an art fair or a gallery or having a piece purchased by a large commercial card company or being commissioned to paint a mural on the side of a building or creating a design to promote a charity or maybe just sell enough through a website to pay for supplies with a little extra. Ask a painter what their vision of success is. You may find there are as many answers at there are colors of paint.
It is so important that as individuals, we define our own success…as that success is OURS and ours alone. What will your success look like? Consider what the definition of success that others have had for you and what impact that may have had on you. Throw aside those expectations that others have for you, and begin to find your own personal definition of success.
How will you define and then drive your success?
~notes from An Audacious Plan workshop
Creating a welcoming space that ecourages creativity is vital to successful facilitation.
Strategic Planning? What is it? It’s imagining your dream. Then it’s defining it. Looking at it from all angles to see what might get in the way and then making a plan to overcome obstacles and move towards your vision. It should inspire you…maybe scare you a bit…and provide you with a path to get you to your vision. It’s not a business plan, but it is a step before a business plan.
Lisa C. Meredith