Wrapping Up - Moving on...Activity 21
Maurice Gibbons (c) 2008 Personal Power Press International
1.Prepare for the final push you will need to complete your project.
2. Share what you have done with people who matter to you.
3. Acknowledge and celebrate what you have accomplished.
4. Keep a record of your achievement in a portfolio.
5. Identify the steps forward you will take.
6. Move forward in the expanding upward spiral of your development.
Note: These are all suggestions about what you can do if it suits you and helps with what you want to achieve. You can be successful without any of them, but any of them—all of them--could be just what you need.
Finishing your project can be as difficult as getting started. Such situations challenge us to be powerful in our lives. Do not falter.
If you developed a vision of your completed project as part of your planning, recall it now. See the job finished. Feel proud of your work. If you have not used visualization so far, do it now. See the product of your project completed and before you. Make a renewed commitment to getting there.
One of the self-motivating techniques used in this program is called “Hire the hall and send out the brochure,” which means, put yourself in the position that you have to finish or face a hall full of very disappointed and likely angry people, perhaps including many family and friends.
Everything else that follows in this activity is designed to help you finish. Commit yourself to showing someone—or some people--important to you what you have done.
Anticipate celebrating your success. Plan to start a portfolio in which the product of this activity will be the first entry. And always feel the shape of the activity that you will pursue next rising in your mind.
Demonstrate what you have done
Plan early on in the history of your project to show the results to somebody important to you. Your audience could be friends, family or members of your support team. You can make it very informal or an event with time, place, and invitations.
Anticipating the display sharpens your thinking about the work.
Our friend, Peter, records his projects with his digital camera, edits the photographs on his computer and adds music. Then he connects the computer to a TV and turns on the slideshow. A great demonstration of the process he used as well as the product he created.
The demo can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like. One plan is to let the magnitude of the project be your guide: modest work, modest demonstration: major work, mega display. Unless it’s business, make it fun.
Sometimes this is as simple as sitting over a tea or a beer and telling a friend stories about your efforts and final success. You decide.
Celebrate your success.
Stop to savour the successful completion of your project. Do what suits you and pleases you. Some people like to share the celebration with others—especially others who have been involved--and many like to include it with the demonstration. Honour your achievement and any others who helped you along the way.
Do what you enjoy the most. Sometimes the celebration is built in. When Franz had a show of his paintings in a gallery, the exhibition began with an opening night. Invitations were sent out, many people came, and wine and hors d’oeures were served. He even sold several paintings and had another reason to celebrate. A cup of coffee with a friend can make a fine celebration, too.
Savouring allows us to enjoy what we have done, marks our achievement and gives us a break between projects. During the break we can reflect on what we have done and what we may do next.
Archive your work in a portfolio
Artists, architects, designers, and photographers—among others-- keep portfolios of their best work to show clients or organizations when they are seeking employment. You can benefit from keeping a portfolio of your work, too.
The portfolio is a carefully prepared collection of your best results or products. When we offer this program for credit, the proof of accomplishment will not be test results but a portfolio of the candidate’s work, which will be judged on its merit.
The portfolio is important as evidence of accomplishment, and it is also important as an instrument of self-motivation. Knowing you are going to present your work in your portfolio as evidence of what you have done and can do, you are likely to make sure that you choose challenging work and finish it as skillfully as you can.
Begin with an index of the portfolio’s content. Present the results of your best projects as effectively as you can. Sometimes you can include samples—of writing, for instance; often photographs are an effective way to present your work. Sometimes the results—of a campaign or a business start-up, for example--are less visible and require an explanation or story, including your goals and plans.
If you want your portfolio to be taken seriously, always assume responsibility for proof that you have done the work you claim. Show grade sheets for courses or certificates for programs you have completed. Ask officials involved in your projects to write letters about your work. Be creative about documenting what you have done. Make the portfolio another project, and make it a great representation of you and your work.
Move onward and upward
This brings us to the end of the Explorer Program. But, it is also another beginning. What you have done in this program is the first turn of a cycle. Remember the basic outline of it:
The earth does not just run through the seasons in a year, it goes through the seasons every year. Similarly, the self-directed person does not just follow the steps we have outlined in twenty activities once, but follows the steps repeatedly in ever more skillful cycles.
The activities describe patterns that you can use for the rest of your life. The object is to get better and better with each cycle, and to use the basic pattern as a foundation on which to build by adding new skills.
So we add the recurring feature like this:
But this recurring loop is unique. Reflection reveals possibilities for development in the process you are using, and development in yourself and your performance. By challenging yourself to go beyond what you have already done, the course ahead is not just a cycle, it is a spiral of success that reaches outward in range and upward in achievement.
So think about how you will build on what you have done. Think how you will increase your skill in all that you have accomplished in these activities. Decide on the challenge that will push you into achieving what you want to achieve.
One key issue is whether your challenge will be in the same field or a new one. And once that is decided, the next question is, “How far beyond what I have just done can I go next time?”
Far. Make it out far and in deep. We wish you great success.
Maurice Gibbons (c) 2009 Personal Power Press International