to B Exercise.
Exercise Type: Personal Growth,
Time Required: 40-60 minutes
Suggested Group Size: Medium
Suggested Age Group: Teenagers,
Activity Level: Moderate
Materials Needed: None.
Venue: Typical: Large or Outdoor.
Requires an open space of around 10ft. x 30 ft.
Purpose/Outcome: This exercise
exposes participants to the habitual patterns they use when pursuing
their goals. These patterns are revealed accurately and swiftly
in this simple exercise. The typical outcomes of this exercise are:
self-insight, pattern recognition, and knowledge of their own and
their team-member's barriers to acheivement.
Activity Description: Identify
two points in the classroom, point A and Point B, which are a minimum
of 25 feet apart.
Ask each student to walk from point A to point B while keep in
mind how they typically get from point "A" to "B"
in their lives. In other words, to be thinking about how they typically
approach their goals, solve problems. do their job, or reach a goal
in their lives.
The participants can add anything or anyone from the group to represent
their process. 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.
In some cases, repetition of the exercise is important for an individual
particularly when they weren't successful the first time. As a Facilitator,
in this second try, you may sense that a person needs coaching to
get to Point B, even if they don't request help. This may be a great
opportunity to provide and while people are physically feeling their
inner barriers, confusion, etc.
As a variation, you can ask the entire group to move from Point
A to Point B together. This will give you fuel for discussion about
teamwork, project management, and group dynamics.
Another variation or addition is to allow participants to draw
their paths. This is especially helpful for people with mobility
issues due to disabilities, or where there is inadequate space.
The facilitator may choose to process each person's journey, pattern,
and path briefly at it's completion. Then, process again, with the
class as a whole, when everyone is finished.
In discussing a participant's process, several questions and/or
comments can help them analyze their thinking, feeling and behavior
around during the exercise. For example:
This exercise is a metaphor for how you approach life. How
accurately do you think this exercise revealed your life patterns?
What did you discover about these patterns?
Did you go from A to B alone or choose to take someone with
If you never reached Point B, tell us what you how you feel
Are there any judgements you have about yourself after doing
this exercise? If so, how are they serving you?
Is there anything you want to do differently as a result of
what you learned here?
Differences in journeys are symbolic of life patterns. Every
time we do the exercise, we'll probably do it differently.
Learning Points: How we do
anything is usualy how we do everything. If you watch the processes
you use throughout your life even in the most mundane areas, you
may uncover keys to patterns you're running in less tangible and
more complex areas of your life. Whatever path we are now on, the
path can be changed or altered immediately. If you need support
in changing your path or the way you're pursuing your goals, seek
help from trusted friends, associates, life coaches, etc.
to Draw Out Learning Points
What aspect of your trip from Point A to Point B is most important?
(Time, distance, fun along the way, who went with you, ect.)
How does this compare with your life to date?
If you could change one thing about your path, what would it
Application: Journal about
what the exercise revealed to you. Share what you discovered with
a parnter. 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 behavior changes.
You Do Anything is How You Do Everything, by Cheri Huber
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