What if...embedded inside a problem were certain benefits. Benefits only for you. What would you do with this information? Ryan Holiday
I recently finished reading Ryan Holiday's, The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs. Holiday's books fit in with my morning reading routine - short focused chapters with thought provoking stories and ideas to ponder (on my 45-minute morning commute).
With particular books (like this one), I take 'notes and quotes' to remember. When I finish with a book (I've noted), I go back and read through my notes to anchor in the ideas a bit more.
Critical Steps Cards
These cards are shown above in the header - Perception, Action & Will. I'm thinking, we can frontload a program with the idea of overcoming obstacles and what it takes to do so. Then, bring out the Steps cards. Go over each one and bring up examples/life stories of each. These three cards can also be brought out during a program when there seems to be an 'obstacle' preventing progress - "Which step are we involved with right now?" And, "What do we need to do in order to make some progress through this obstacle?" An easy check in.
The other 24 cards (three examples in the header above) are filled with quotes that have come from the sections in the book about each critical step in the obstacle-facing process. Here are some ideas I have for these cards:
- Frontloading with all the quotes face up on the floor and having participants choose a quote that draws them in.
- Frontloading again with quotes that fit a story in participant's lives.
- Mid-Processing - take a break, scatter all the quotes down and ask, "What quotes do we need right now to help us move forward?"
- (Once I know the quotes even better...) Pull out a quote that is directly connected to what is happening with the group. Stop them and ask, "Why did I pull this quote out for you to consider right now?"
- At the end of an activity: "What words of wisdom did we follow? What words of wisdom did we miss?"
- At the end of a program, set down the Critical Steps cards and challenge the group to place the Quotes Cards under the steps they pertain to. As this is happening, take little learning moments to point out some of the quotes and find out how the group connects them to their program.
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.