Why this session is important
To help your group or individual to:
- Highlight barriers or obstacles stopping them achieve their vision and what they may be able to do about these
- Identify a clear Plan A and Plan B to make their Golden Ticket real
- Explore who and what they could connect with to help them practically contribute and make their aspirations and vision for the future real now
- Reflect on their journey through iCan Create
What you will need
- Copy of Do It Activity for all individual(s)
- Do It Resources
- Case Study/Inspirational Role Model
- 30 minutes dependent on availability of time
How to do it
Introduce the Do It session and explain that having developed a Golden Ticket, Do It has been designed to help them develop a more robust set of actions to make their Golden Ticket real.
Explain that you can have the greatest vision in the world but without action it will always remain just a dream unless you do something about it. So now you have three choices:
1. Throw it away
2. Put it off to someday sometime
3. Make it real now
Ask if they decided to throw their dream away – choice one – or delay their dream until someday, sometime – choice two – when they have some more money, confidence, skills or time, what may be the danger of taking either of these two choices?
You may wish to explore this further with the individual(s) by using an inspirational role model to share their story. Ask the individuals what they think about the critical steps this person took to be who they are? You could share your own story, invite someone from the local community to tell theirs, or get a colleague etc. to tell theirs.
Acknowledge that sometimes it is easy to come up with a series of well-meaning excuses for why nothing happens and why they cannot take action on their Golden Ticket. Make reference to the Common Obstacles and ask them to take a look at what some people feel will prevent them taking action and moving ahead.
Open up the discussion, being sensitive to the group dynamics and recognising that some individuals may feel reluctant to share their own obstacles and barriers. Be prepared to share obstacles that you have come across and how you overcame these to help this discussion.
Encourage individuals to circle any of the obstacles that they feel could stop them and identify what they may need to do to overcome these. Record these in the Do It section of their iCan Poster.
Plan A & Plan B
Using the Plan A/Plan B Diagram encourage individuals to take a renewed look at their Golden Ticket and identify a goal that really excites them. Get them to pick a back-up one too and record both of these in the top Plan A, Plan B boxes.
Now encourage individuals to think who can help them to make this plan real? Who do they know that can help? Who do the rest of the group know that could help them? Think about your role here and how you could help. How could you connect with others to help them make their Plan A and/or B real? Also consider the wider community– who else can support them and is there anyone that could help?
Go through the same process for iCan Contribute. Encourage individuals to explore opportunities they may have now via school, work, home, social activities, clubs, societies, volunteering and the wider community that enable them to make their Plan A and/or B happen. Record who can help them in the iCan Contribute section of the diagram.
Refer to the suggestions in Keep It Going and explain that they are now in a process whereby they have their Golden Ticket and with the support of people and experiences in the iCan Connect and iCan Contribute they are now developing their own pathway to making this real. The ideas listed here can help them to keep the process going.
What other questions to ask/points to make
Again be prepared to share some of your story, or some of your Golden Ticket if appropriate, as you go through this session with individuals.
Make reference to the iCan Phrases which are some of the things that other people have said as they have begun to work on their Golden Tickets and move closer towards their aspirations. In particular highlight that this is all about having a go, being prepared to make mistakes and learn from them.
Additional activities may be helpful to explore in the iCan Connect and Contribute sections.
As the session draws to a close discuss:
- What they may have learned, or what has surprised or puzzled them about doing these activities
- How they are going to start making their vision a reality – the first steps of their Plan A and B