As many of you know, I, along with three of my colleagues, hosted The Thinking Big Workshop event in Peachtree City, Georgia. It’s been a few weeks since those two days, but I still get so excited when I think back to how much fun we had, exploring and learning about each other.
We had participants attend who were from diverse professional backgrounds, from executives to government workers and directors of non-profit organizations. This made the workshop especially unique as everyone could feed into the lives of others and learn new things based on new perspectives. To say the two-day event was interactive and engaging is an understatement. Everyone’s contribution and willingness to open up was a key influencer in the workshop’s success. Having a certified personal fitness trainer in Kerstin Kwist was also a treat and added a physical spin to an otherwise all-talk program. Having everyone stretch and exercise on yoga mats in between sessions kept the energy high and the program up-beat. It’s not always obvious, but having a calm sense of self and being able to breathe properly throughout the day are key when it comes to your overall productivity and efficiency at work and at home.
Some of the most noteworthy takeaways from the workshop were the participants learning about the ‘Why’ in their lives and why it’s so powerful and important, discovering that their contribution to humanity is a powerful self-motivator, and most importantly, realizing that change is a choice and that failure to change is only a result of fear. I think a lot of these points hit home for many of our participants as they learned what it finally meant to open up and let go of the underlying fears that haunt us every day.This way of thinking is so transformative that it even resulted in an attendee actually setting a date to make a major change in her life. Making this promise to herself in front of other participants created another layer as it made them her accountability partners in this journey. This was amazing to witness.
What was also amazing to witness – and was my favorite part of the event – was the emotional moment when one of our attendees had a moment of realization that she didn’t have to stay in the same position she has been in for the past 15 years just because it felt ‘comfortable.’ I think it was hard for her to grasp the idea of uncomfortable-ness and what it meant to take risks and get out of our comfort zone. I really wish the best for her, and hope she will stay in touch to let us know what she’s up to.
Overall, it was an eye-opening experience, not only for our participants, but for myself as well. They taught me – just as I taught them. That’s the great thing about our workshops. It doesn’t take much to stand in front of others and speak to them, but it does take more to speak with them. And that’s what The Thinking Big Workshop is all about – feeding off each other, and making sure that we are better people when we walk away and back into the real world.
I am looking forward to the next workshop and hope that you will join me on another journey towards self-discovery.