“Well, it’s not like I didn’t have enough anxiety right now. That didn’t help. Now what the hell do we do?”
Words from Jay after we watched The Social Dilemma.
It’s true…the movie lays out a pretty abysmal look at what social media is doing to our world.
As if there wasn’t enough to think about already…
Let me just share some of what I’ve been watching and that I suggest you watch ASAP:
- The Social Dilemma (Netflix)
- 13th (Netflix)
- Kiss the Ground (Netflix)
- All In: The Fight For Democracy (Amazon Prime)
Listen we have some shit to deal with.
And it’s big.
And it’s all important.
And it can be overwhelming.
But you know how I felt after watching The Social Dilemma?
The way I see it I have three options:
A: I can sit around dreading a Civil War caused by fake news on social media channels that have algorithms designed to push fake news for profit…
B: Pretend that the problem isn’t as big as it seems and they’re blowing it out of proportion.
C: I can delete my social media apps from my phone and have a conversation with Jay about how we will approach social media with Logan when he gets to be that age.
Listen, I’m choosing C all day long.
Here’s how I’ve decided to avoid overwhelm in becoming part of the solution:
Start small. But start.
Anytime there is something big and important that needs to happen we have a choice:
- Freeze: Stay stuck in overwhelm
- Flight: Pretend that the problem doesn’t exist, avoid reality
- Fight: Start doing something
This is the same choice all your clients face also as they embark on big, important, and (sometimes) scary change with you in your group program.
So how do you help people move from where the hubs was after watching The Social Dilemma (freeze-overwhelm) to where I am (fight-motivated to start)?
You break things down into smaller manageable chunks.
As the leader of your group program YOU get to point out exactly what the next small manageable step is, teach your students how to take it, and support them as they do.
If your students are expressing overwhelm, check your program:
- Are you trying to cover too much information?
- Is your program long enough–do people just need more time to implement?
- Is your content broken down into small manageable chunks?
- Have you gotten basic enough? Tip: Get more basic than you think you need to be.
Here are what I suggest as your next steps be if this feels overwhelming to you:
- Get clear on your program promise.
- Get clear on your lesson objectives.
- Determine how you will measure whether or not people are making progress toward both your program promise and individual lesson objectives.
Have questions about how to do those things? Just reply and let me know…I’m here to help.