The blog this week was written by Jennifer Goodwill, a Community Broker at The Arcadia Institute. Often times the hardest part about working on a goal is just getting started. I’m sure that many of us can relate to this challenge. Why is it so hard to get started? I think it’s because the goals or dreams we imagine for our future, as wonderful as they are, can seem daunting and overwhelming. Sometimes it is hard to imagine how we are going to get from where we are today, to where we hope to be in the future. Even if we know some of the steps we need to take to get to where we want to be, it can feel scary and intimidating to think about all of the work that needs to be done to accomplish our goals.
In Community Brokering, we understand that these fears and hesitations exist. Built into the Future Planning Process is an important piece that we call “Action Steps.” As we walk alongside an individual in the MAP(making action plan) process, we take time to hear about their dream for the future and their story of where they are today. We listen to their worries. We invite the guests participating in the future planning process to share about the gifts and strengths they see in the person. Using all of this knowledge that we have gathered, we work together to explore places in the community where an individual may be able to use their gifts to accomplish their goals. The final step of the MAP is to identify specific action steps we willget started on within 48 hours to help the individual start progressing toward their dream.
We acknowledge that the path from where an individual is today to where they want to be may be a long journey. As Community Brokers, we help them to get started. We break down their big goals into small steps that will get them moving forward immediately. We invite their community circle to come alongside them and provide support as needed. As Community Brokers we walk with them, too, helping to facilitate their community to support them and to provide the hands on assistance they need. The journey may not always be easy, but through Community Brokering, the individual discovers their community is honored to walk with them along the way.