Practice 1: Help People See What They’re Engaged in Within Their Own Lives.
All people are already engaged in their own lives right now. Its that simple. There is no need for you or your organization to engage anyone in anything. You might want to engage people, but you don’t need to, no matter what you think.
- Begin by making a T-chart on a sheet of paper.
- Label the top of the left column “Connections In My Life” and list out as many issues, actions, ideas, opinions, people, places, and memories you can think of that you’re connected to right now.
- Label the top of the right column “Meaningful Connections In My Life” and then list out the things you meaningful connections to right now. There may be some repeats, and that’s okay.
- Go through your two lists and circle the items that you’re personally engaged in right now.
- Using a sheet of plain white paper, create a mind map of personal engagements in your life, starting with the things nearest and dearest to who you are towards the center, and the things that are less essential to you further away from the center.