DSKVRD : Discover yourself, discover your purpose

Currently listening to the Sept 5th album by dvsn

(Poster by @Amkofigo)

Hey Sunny!

I hope you’re well?

I am doing great! I have been up to a few projects, some of which i am very happy to be sharing with you soon.

But before we get to that, how are you keeping up with your intentions this year? Have you had to make adjustments? Have you had some goals added and/or subtracted?

The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think

First things first, i  must confess i have not kept my end of the bargain about being consistent with my writing, HOWEVER, i seem to be getting a hang of the other aspects of my goals for the year.

I am just going to blame it on the (really really) cool things i have had the opportunity to be part of from February all through March (women’s month whoop whoop). So yeah… let’s blame my schedule shall we?

Awesome! Now that we have both agreed on that let’s get on with it.

I have had an idea (or a let’s call it a dream rather sounds fancier, actually an idea when worked on for a long time becomes a dream. anyways i digress) for the past 5 years and i was blessed to finally see it realized.

DSKVRD is an experiential event to guide young African women to self-discovery and in turn helping them discover their purpose and role in the bigger society.

Yasssss! The hope is to have more of these events and eventually introducing these to other countries on the continent. The content of the program had 4 aspects; speed mentoring, financial literacy (the schmoney is not going to learn how to create and multiply itself), panel q&a and visual goal setting (which i facilitated).

In my first blog post of the  year, we discussed intentions and goal setting and the visual goal setting section of the program is a continuation. Since it is still women’s month, here is a little gift to you.

VISUAL GOAL SETTING

  1. Before we get into it, let us start with a little brain exercise

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Take a sheet of paper and divide it into two with a horizontal line. On one side, write ALL your positive attributes and on the other end activities that give you satisfaction. After you are through, match any attribute to an activity (could be one-to-many, many-to-one or many-to-many. This is probably the only time you have used these math lessons in real life right?).

 

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2. The next step is to fix these linked words into the formula below

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If you took the first exercise seriously, you will come up with a phrase that best describes you and the things you gravitate towards. THAT is your purpose.

3. I know you are probably wondering why we are bothering with purpose while the title says clearly states “Visual Goal Setting”. Well, that is because knowing your purpose helps you set goals that will help you discover more about that purpose and helps you live a more fulfilling life.

While goals are chosen, a purpose is discovered

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Using the image above, let’s say goals are various stops on the journey of purpose.

4. Now the next and finally step is to know how to set goals and achieve them

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(These steps and the exercises were taken from the book ” DO IT. Let’s Get Off Our Buts” by Peter McWilliams.

TIPS

Research shows that our brains process visuals 60,000x faster than text. In following these steps, it is important that we use the tools and knowledge we have at our disposal to help us achieve our goals faster. Have you heard about Pinterest? Do you use it? 

I’d love for us to start using social media we already have to start helping achieve our dreams rather than delay us from realizing them. Now, get on Pinterest (or download it if you do not have it), create a board and name this board whatever you want. Go through your list and look for pictures that depict those goals and pin them to the board(if you are not a Pinterest user all these words might seem meh to you so i’d advise you pause and learn about how it works. There is no shame in not knowing how to use something).

I will talk to you soon

Sundiata

P.S Below are a few pictures from the event

Photography by TwinsDntBeg