As part of my dedication to lifelong learning and because I am a writing class junkie I took 3 classes in September of 2011. All of them were excellent but one, Conceive, Believe, Achieve: Goal-Setting as a Proven Path From Abstract Wish To Concrete Plan was life changing for me. Developed and taught by Amy Atwell (www.amyatwell.com), the course ran for the month of September and included 10 lessons.
In the first lecture, Amy assured us we’d be “learning a systematic process that helps us identify goals and allows us to develop a plan for achieving them. In the intro, she also assured us the class would offer:
* Tools to help you translate dreams into goals
* A better understanding of SMART goals and how to use them
* A better understanding of action plans and how to use them to achieve goals
* A game plan for holding yourself accountable to your new goals and action plans
The class never let us down. Amy is a gifted online instructor who created a safe environment where her students were happy to share – sometimes very personal material. From beginning introductions through to our wishes as writers, she had great participation. Her replies were prompt and well thought out. Best of all, she didn’t lecture but rather shared the material and her ideas about our responses.
I’ve taught goal setting classes. After all, SMART goals have been around for a long time. But Amy has a slightly different approach. Starting with our ‘wishes’ she hooked our emotions and then used those to create an action plan that always circled back to our wishes and emotions. Putting emotions into a 5 Year Plan is a guaranteed way to ensure follow through.
By the end of the course, I had a 5 Year Plan and annual action plans (and goals) for the interim. And I had very clear goals for the balance of 2011 – along with the action plans to accomplish them.
The September class was offered by Low Country RWA Chapter. I’d keep an eye on Amy’s website to see where she’ll be teaching next year.
I can recommend this class without reservation. It’s got something for everyone who is trying to improve their productivity and needs a plan to achieve it.
So what’s your dream? Do you have a plan to achieve it? Have you started the process of reaching your goal? If not, why not?