|05-06-2010, 12:03 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Ways to make CGW#3 the best CGW ever
Hi attendees of past and future Conscious Growth Workshops!
Just over 2 weeks ago I've set "attending CGW#3" as my priority 1 goal, not knowing how the heck I would be able to do so, lacking the money necessary to pay for airfare (from Europe) and entry. But the Universe, it seems, has taken a liking to that goal of mine and has sent me incredible support so that just 2 days ago I secured both flight tickets and a ticket to the workshop
But the goal was not only about attending the workshop, but also to do my part in making this the best CGW experience ever for all involved. And so the Universe has sent me a few ideas of how to do that and now it's time to decide what to do especially for the time leading up to the workshop... and I'm curious about which of those sound interesting to you guys and whether and how you'd like to participate!
So here are 3 basic ideas:
Open Mastermind Group
key ideas: Skype, daily, 60 minutes, new direction, tasks and taking action, commitment, encouragement, motivation
Mastermind groups are one of the most effective tool in personal growth and personal achievement. I've been involved in several of them, some with mediocre results or no results at all, but also in some quite effective and successful and I'd love to give others the opportunity to be part of such a group and experience what it can do for them.
This would be an open mastermind group, where every past and future CGW attendee can decide to join, held on a daily basis, with relatively short turns of speaking and focused on drawing out a course of action and building personal momentum through continuously taking action on that and holding oneself responsible for doing so, with the help, support and encouragement by a whole group of like-minded individuals.
The meeting would take place on Skype, daily, last for 60 minutes, be open to everyone and about 5-10 people would get to share about their course of action and the setting of their next tasks and how they did with the tasks they set for themselves in a previous meeting.
Attending daily would be highly recommended. Even if one wouldn't get to share on the call itself, just being there and observing commitment, enthusiasm and action in a new, positive direction would have a great motivating effect. Also, participants would share their direction and tasks by email additionally, with everyone in the group being able to read and give feedback, support, ideas and encouragement to every other person's daily update!
Open Personal Growth Hour
While mastermind groups are usually focused on taking action and building momentum and achieving physical, tangible results, this format would be geared towards*:
Every day at the same time there would be an hour-long Skype call, open to everyone. It consists of two parts and I'll explain the second part first:
Every call has a topic of focus, like "opening the heart", and the organizer(s) have come up with a couple of suggestions for exercises that go along with the topic, in this case for example "do free hugs campain for at least 30 minutes" or "smile at 25 random strangers throughout the day" or "hug a person you've been arguing with within the last week". So the host would talk just a few short minutes about today's topic, its importance and implications and give the examples of what one could do to create positive change in one's life in the given direction. Then call participants would have the chance to share a little bit, e.g. about past experiences with the topic / exercises, new exciting ideas, and how they imagine they could take action pretty much immediately after the call (and whether they're committing to do it).
The first part (chronologically) would consist of people sharing about the experiences they had applying the ideas and exercises the group focused on just a day or so ago, depending on when the person sharing was on the call last.
(*And of course it would be possible to focus on a greater variety of areas and Steve outlines many of the directions this could go in his PDSP book, like building alignment with any and all of the seven principles. But the ideas mentioned above would be a good place to start I feel!)
Brace yourselves, this idea takes a little longer to explain...
Currently there are many ways in which CGW participants can connect: Facebook (by being friends, through the CGW group, ...), the forums, some use twitter, the weekly CGW Skype meetup, through individual blogs, ...
Though it's great that there's so many options, it's not very obvious how to find "us", how to connect, stay in touch and up to date and participate in all the transformative processes going on in everyone's lives especially after the workshop is over.
As many people have already said, the CGW experience is a lot about the people you're connecting with during the workshop and who you stay in touch with, continuing to inspire, encourage and support each other in various ways.
Especially those of you who've been on some of the Skype meetups and / or have built strong connections to other CGW folks in other ways know what I'm talking about -- it's so inspiring and motivating to hear the many stories about new, positive changes happening in so many lives that it's hard to fall back into old, pre-workshop patterns.
So the idea would be to first create a place where news are shared related to positive changes happening in our lives. Right now one would have to watch all the different channels mentioned in the introduction of this idea, but that's really not that great as it can cause a lot of stress and struggle, especially for those not as adept at scanning over and filtering huge amounts of information on different streams while not getting their focus scattered etc.
In plain words: There's a site, "cgw.net", functioning like a blog. The entries consist of short news entries sent in by fellow CGW'ers, not necessarily by the person the news is about, but they must have shared it with others on some channel, and then it is posted by the site's "moderator team".
All CGW'ers can access that site and use that information in any way that it makes sense to them - for inspiration, motivation, to offer help and support, to find that they're also doing something similar and join forces, ...
In addition to the benefits described above, i.e. unifying the stream of information, this is also hugely important:
Basically what I see is that we have a lot of services to offer to each other in order to achieve certain things that we would have a much harder time trying to achieve on our own.
Let me give a few examples: D. wants to quit his job and become a professional intuitive. Who is he going to practice on? Where can he find a mentor that will help him get the first steps right, because he or she has done that already? Who is also pursuing something similar and could make for a great mastermind group founding member? Who is offering coaching and could use intuitive advice themselves, so that they could exchange services? Who could provide testimonials? Where to find someone to do the web development work necessary to get a site up and running? Who to ask for marketing and business advice?
The answer is: We have all those kinds of people in our group already. There's people here who can answer every single one of these questions and provide to D. what he needs to get going on his path of becoming a professional intuitive in the easiest and most joyful way possible, being supported on every step of the way.
Think: Service exchange platform. Matching "looking for" to "offering". (Specifically for CGW participants - and I feel we share so many qualities that the quality of relationships would be so high that it truly makes sense to recreate such a platform despite the fact that there's so many out there already.)
There's probably many more ways in which this site, "cgw.net", could be expanded for even more awesome results, but those are my initial ideas, and they would provide huge value.
Feedback? More ideas? Want to (co-)organize some of that or something similar? Feel like participating?
Edit: And feel free to reply to just one of the ideas, without even having read the others. It's a long post, not everyone has to read and reply to everything
|05-12-2010, 08:02 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Even though so far there hasn't been too much response to this I'll assume that I'm at least not acting against the CGW participants' interests by continuing to post about my ideas and actions towards making the workshop an awesome experience.
I've set up a page on my blog where I want to keep track of all things CGW3. If you have a blog and are posting about your CGW experience, whether before or during or after the workshop, or have any other information you'd love to see included on that page, please let me know.
CGW3 | Conscious Creation
It's my first simple step towards something in the spirit of a CGW Hub!
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