The object of this exercise is for each participant to reveal and understand the
pattern(s) he or she uses in meeting life's goals and objectives. These patterns are revealed accurately and swiftly in this simple exercise.
After each person completes the exercise, the facilitators process
their journey, pattern, and path. Then, process again, with the
group as a whole, when everyone's finished.
In discussing a participant's process, several questions and/or comments can help them analyze their own thinking, feeling and behavior. Such as:
- How accurate do you think this exercise revealed your life's patterns?
- Do you usually take people with you?
- You never reached Point B, tell us about that.
- You laughed the whole way, is life fun and exciting for you? Or?
- Wow, you made a beeline, do you generally go directly for your goal without stopping?
Differences in journeys are symbolic of life patterns. Every time we do the
exercise, we will probably do
Journal about what the exercise revealed to you. Ask
participants to analyze what didn't work for them, and
what they want to do about it. Have them commit to specific
actions that support desired behavioral changes.
Identify two points in the room. Designate a point A and a Point B, that are
separated by a minimum of 25 feet. It is helpful if one or two facilitators model the exercise by sharing their path from A to B, to show the uniqueness and possibilities of the exercise.
The facilitator then asks each student to walk from point A to point B in the same way they live their
lives, do their jobs, or reach their goals. The participant can twist or turn, add anything or anyone from the group to represent their process.
In some cases, repetition of the exercise is important for an individual particularly where it can show success. Some people may ask to be coached to the end. As a Facilitator, you may sense that a person needs coaching to get to Point B, even if they don't request help.
You may also have the entire group move from Point A to Point B together.
This will give you fuel for discussion about teamwork, project management, and group dynamics.
In addition to, or instead of the walk, the participants may draw their paths. This is especially helpful for people with mobility issues due to disabilities, or where there is an inadequate amount of space.
It is important to make the point that whatever path we are now on, the path can be changed or altered immediately. If a person needs support in changing their path, coaching is a most effective method to do so.