The Pathfinding Level of the Journey is a foundational discovery of a young person’s strengths, values, social & familial, purpose and definition of personal narrative.
While developing a basic understanding of themselves and the world around them. The cultivation and manifestation of this awareness as a means to shift, grow, and improve their life skills and pro-social development.
In addition, participants learn how to ‘Tune’ all of this new knowledge into a philosophy or code so that they may more easily relate to themselves, holding them accountable for their words and actions in everyday life.
The 6-Week Program targets 4 Core areas of Personal Development.
Self-Concept & Awareness of Individuality (Self)
Relationships & Social Awareness (Community & Family)
Recognition of Ability (Self)
Acknowledgement & Authorship of Personal Narrative (Self in Community)
The hero leaves his/her ordinary world for the first time and crosses the threshold into training with his/her mentor. This is a time of trust building, resistance and personal growth.
This step may seem almost inevitable, but it also represents a choice the hero is making. It’s a door through which the hero must pass for the story to really begin.
Every new Journey starts off by linking in with and getting to know your Mentor. This special guide will be with you every step of the way, helping you discover new understandings of yourself and the world around you.
LESSON 1 | UNLOCKING POTENTIAL
Strengths & Values
The hero begins their training with a chosen or paired Mentor. they begin to discover things about themselves that they may have never uncovered without leaving the security of their comfort zones. They learn about their unique Character Strengths & Values. They learn what their Greater Strengths are and also acknowledge their Lesser Strengths. They learn that these are not weaknesses or limitations. They learn How they can integrate and strengthen them in every aspect of their lives.
LESSON 2 | ALLIES & ADVERSARIES
During this time, the mentee endures tests of strength of will, meets friends, and comes face to face, or begins to recognise adversaries and agitators in his/her world. This period in their journey helps them define their relationship with other characters in their story. During this part of the journey, they learn who will help and who will hinder. And what friendships and relationships benefit them. It’s time to raise the rent on people who are bringing us down, and look forward to strengthening those that make us feel good.
A sociogram is a graphic representation of social links that a person has. It is a graph drawing that plots the structure of interpersonal relations in a group or family unit.
LESSON 3: DEFINING A PURPOSE
The Hero reflects and defines the central motivating aims of their life—the reasons they get up in the morning. Understanding this Purpose can guide their life decisions, influence their behaviour, shape their goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.
LESSON 4: TUNING THE COMPASS
Now the Hero understands their Strengths & Values they will also define and reinforce their core beliefs, and turn this newfound knowledge into an ‘Everyday Life Code’: A Personal Philosophy to hold them accountable for their words & actions. Our MANA Mentors call this ‘Code-Tuning” and it is a unique tool that allows both Mentor & Student to recognise one another’s Values, Morals and Beliefs, and also recognise those things in the people around them. Code-Tuning is about living Authentically.
LESSON 5: DEFINING A PERSONAL LEGEND
Reviewing the Journey using their Insights from their personal Journal.
The Hero will construct the Introduction to their own Personal Legend.
A Personal Legend is “what you have always wanted to accomplish” or “The Person You have always wanted to Be”. It is your Origin Story. It is Where you have come from, and where you are going. It is your story, so write it well.
This part of the 6-week Program gives each Mentee the opportunity to reflect on the Past, Present and Future chapters of their lives during the mentoring journey, and culminates in the authoring of a short narrative essay to highlight their adventure.