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Connecting To the Grove


Workshop: Searching For Meaning

Presented by Dr. Zora Smith Denson Inspired Directions

Workshop Focus

Discovering Meaning
Purpose (Life / Career) Creating Experience Attitude

Goal Setting
Dreams with Deadlines Targets

Action Plans
Thoughts plus words equal actions

Presented by Dr. Zora Smith Denson Inspired Directions

A Goal is a Dream with a Time Frame on it

Where Are You Now Personal Checkup

1. Am I missing anything in my life right now thats important to me? __ YES __NO 2. I know what I am passionate about. __ YES __NO 3. I am well organized, know how to focus on my top priorities and get a lot done every day. __ YES __ NO 4. I have a written, strategic plan for my work and personal life with time lines and quantifiable measurements. __ YES __ NO 5. I have ample time for my family, social relationships and feel good about the balance I have achieved. __ YES __NO 6. I spend time 4-5 times a week exercising to restore myself physically. __ YES __NO 7. I am regularly achieving my income goals. __ YES __NO 8. My life reflects my spiritual values and I am growing, maturing, and gaining wisdom in this area. __ YES __NO 9. I have studied and developed the new, creative ideas I have had this last year. __ YES __NO 10. I believe I am fulfilling my Mission in life. __ YES __NO

Presented by Dr. Zora Smith Denson Inspired Directions

Indispensable Importance of Setting Goals in College

Setting and achieving goals overall is the most underestimated skill for success in college. The result of poor goal setting and achievement skills is low motivation, lack of direction, and performance below one's potential. The outcome is often unnecessary low grades, frustration, discouragement, and sometimes leaving college. The ability to set and achieve goals in college is so important that without it, it's difficult, perhaps impossible, to feel motivated to and learn what's necessary to succeed or excel. A major step in mastering the skill of setting and achieving goals is to understand the benefits: 1. It specifies clearly what is to be achieved. This is vital because it provides a direction and makes progress and achievement recognizable. Without clearly defined educational goals, it is normal for you to experience feelings of stagnation, low motivation, and lack of purpose. Clearly defined goals provide direction. 2. It defines a plan of action for the process of achieving. A plan of action provides a map, a guide, a visible pathway to goals. When there is no plan for achievement, it is normal for you to experience discouragement, succumb to distractions, or feel that aspirations are unreachable. It is very difficult to start or do well at something if you cannot see a way to achieve it. A plan of action shows how to achieve what you desire. 3. It acts as a continuous progress report on how well you are is doing as you move toward goals. A progress report is vital because it provides immediate and regular feedback to help you discover if you are on or off course toward short and long-term goals. The more frequent the feedback, need to modify a plan, or are exactly on course. Without continuous feedback on progress towards goals, there is no way to know how you are doing in the process of achieving. The definition of progress is "movement that increases the chances of achieving something you desire." If goals have not been defined and a plan of action developed. Then there can be no "going forward" because there is no way to tell which way is forward. Without goals, you are like a leaves in the wind, forward is whichever way the wind happens to blow. Like a leaf in the wind, if you are without goals, you are not in control of your destiny. someone or something else is. - Know Thyself John Maxwell says: There are two great days in our lives the day we are born and the day we discover why. Can you identify both of those days in your life?

Presented by Dr. Zora Smith Denson Inspired Directions


Success is a journey: What do I like best about the trip?
Growing to Reach My Maximum Potential
A. I am committed to PERSONAL GROWTH. I will dedicate one hour a day, five days a week, to my top three growth areas 1. _______________________________________ 2. _______________________________________ 3. _______________________________________ 4. _______________________________________ My mentor is ______________________________

Knowing My Purpose

Sowing Seeds That Benefit Others

A. My DREAM is to be . . . _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________

B. I have vowed to maintain a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Every day I will repeat my creed... _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________
"I will no longer avoid failure. It is a normal part of life. I will take risks. I will do my best. When I do fail, I will learn from it and move on. Failure is my springboard to success.

A. I will do whatever it takes to bring my FAMILY along on the success journey. In order to make that happen, I will regularly 'spend time doing the following with each family member-...... Name Activity ___________ ____________________________ ___________ ____________________________ ___________ ____________________________ ___________ ____________________________ B. I will not give in to fife's DETOURS. They will ___________ ____________________________ never stop me from being successful. I will overcome my number one fear; which is B. As I travel--on the success journey, I will take _________________________________________ others with me. The top three people I want to I will not fear failure. I will live by the following focus my attention on right now are ... credo 1. _______________________________________ 2. _______________________________________ 3. _______________________________________

C. My top GOALS, which guide my efforts, govern my priorities and generate my actions, are 1. _______________________________________ _________________________________________ 2. _______________________________________ _________________________________________ 3. _______________________________________ _________________________________________ 4. _______________________________________ _________________________________________

C. I know where I am now in the DEVELOPMENT OF MY POTENTIAL. When I'm on the next level in my development, I will be doing this _________________________________________ I will gladly sacrifice ________________________ ________________ in order to make that next step.

C. I have set aside the first ________ (pick a day of the week) of every month for the purpose of planning the mentoring and development of others. The areas in which I will concentrate that development are: Name Development Area ___________ ____________________________ ___________ ____________________________ ___________ ____________________________ ___________ ____________________________ ___________ ____________________________ You Will Never See It.

If You Cant See It Before You See It.