We just completed the first session of the MLA workshop series 2010. The session was on Goal setting with the aim of helping MLA members and interested information workers to get focussed on planning their journey with a destination in mind.
We had 22 participants. All MLA members. The session started at 4:45pm and went on upto 6:25. After a break, the session commenced again from 8:00pm and went on till 9:45 pm.
The workshop was very interesting and worth the time and effort. I will outline briefly what I gathered from the 3.5 hours of workshop time.
Only by having a GOAL can you steer your life in the right direction. Without a goal one would end up somewhere that was not really intended to be. Only if there is a goal, can you formulate strategies to overcome the obstacles one faces in life.
One of the first task for you to set a realistic life goal would be to identify what your biggest rocks are. In other words, what is the most important part of your life? For many, the answer to this question could be something like: children, parents, family, work etc. Next, identify smaller rocks. This could be friends, shopping, etc. Set aside times for the bigger rocks first, adjust from the remaining for smaller rocks, and the rest of the time can be used for the fine grain which adds more meaning to your life. For some, the fine grain could be a phone call to a friend, watching TV for leisure etc. It all depends on what is important for you.
Another main task that you need to do now, is trying to identify what you want to be remembered for when you are no longer here [in this world]. If someone was to write it for you, what should the words be on your gravestone? If you can spend some time brainstorming, thinking, contemplating about this, you will know where you want to reach. For example, a life goal could be to ‘build your dream house’. Everything else that you do in your life would be somehow linked to this goal. But to achieve your goal in the least amount of time, you will need to plan and identify the steps, or smaller goals that will lead you to your bigger goal. One of the smaller goals could be to save 10,000 Rufiyaa in the first year.
The characteristics of a worthy goal are to make it:
- Realistic, and
- Time bound
During the session, our Resource Person for the day (Mr. Ahmed Saeed) touched on areas of social responsibility, righteousness, ethics, spirituality, and nationhood.
I hope all participants took something of value from the session. Please leave a comment to add what the most important or noteworthy aspects of the session was for you.