CARP’s New President: Teresa

We introduce the next President of CARP and former National Program Director, Teresa Rischl.

For the past three years, Teresa has been working alongside former president, Naokimi Ushiroda, as Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant, Program Coordinator and, in her latest role, as National Program Director.

United with Naokimi, Teresa was instrumental in raising CARP to the place it is now. Her demonstrated commitment and dedication to CARP’s mission has led her to be appointed CARP President as of February 2017, with the blessing of Mother Moon (co-founder of CARP) and the CARP Board of Directors. 

Teresa is passionate about giving young people a support system, stemming from her own experience as a college student. Growing up she was a natural leader and was concerned about creating an inclusive environment where everyone could grow together. 

Knowing the challenges that students face on campus, she is committed to offering students the opportunity to be involved in something greater than themselves and to truly discover what is important to them.

college_realmendontbuygirlsTeresa and a college classmate joining in on a social media campaign against human trafficking in 2012.   

Teresa Goes to College

Although Teresa initially intended to participate in a faith-based gap year program after high school, she felt God was calling her to go to college and volunteer with her local youth ministry.

In 2008, she enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) as a Biology major with the hopes of going to medical school someday. As a freshman, Teresa joined a co-ed professional pre-health fraternity where she gained experience and opportunity in the health field. While this afforded her a community to study and socialize with, she was surrounded by students whose motto was, “Study hard, party harder.” 

Caught between the pressures of classes, social life, and youth ministry, Teresa found herself questioning the principles she had grown up with. This is the typical experience for an emerging young adult.

A bit later, she was approached by Miilhan Stephens (the CARP chapter President at UMD at the time) and Hero Hernandez (the National CARP President at the time) to join CARP. Teresa resisted it at first but was touched by the personal care and support they offered.

425538_348561545167803_900338599_nTeresa at a CARP stand talking with a student at the club fair at UMD. 

She had also reached a point in her growth where she knew what was important to her – family, faith, and making a difference in the world. So, Teresa committed herself and stepped up as CARP President of the UMD chapter and as the Young Adult Coordinator at her local church. 

Under her leadership, CARP UMD hosted numerous events on campus including discussion forums, club fairs (where they invited ‘Mr. The Fish’ to entertain students), stress relief activities during finals week, service projects creating care packages for other students, and more.

Teresa also established a weekly ‘Divine Principle Forum’ at the local CARP center and organized trips for students to visit the CARP HQ in New York City with Victoria Roomet and others.

387796_3018390983886_266487827_nTeresa posing with the CARP mascot, Mr. The Fish, with a fellow CARP member. 

Wanting to travel, Teresa finished her undergraduate degree online, after eventually deciding to change her major to Business. She spent some time in New York City (as Program Coordinator for a summer leadership program under Naokimi before he was CARP President) and then Europe before taking a job as a nanny in Connecticut to finish her last few credits. 

Progressing through the Ranks of CARP

When Naokimi was appointed as CARP President in July 2013, Teresa connected with him about his vision and wished him luck on his new mission. Naokimi would later invite her to work part-time as an administrative assistant for CARP. 

“I wanted to help Naokimi out, but I didn’t think I would stay around as long as I did. For a while it was just the two of us as staff of CARP America.”

After CARP’s first workshop at the University of Bridgeport, Teresa became a full-time staff member, taking on the role of Executive Assistant and Secretary of the CARP Board of Directors.

Carp_officertraining_UB_2014Teresa giving a talk at the CARP Officer’s Training workshop. 

With very little staff, Teresa became a jack-of-all-trades and got experience in different areas of nonprofit management including HR, operations, strategy, membership, fundraising, communications, and more. 

CARP staff members came and went, but the organization found a firm footing in 2015 after recruiting three new staff members – Taka Sugawara, Nina Urbonya, and Justin Okamoto – from an international ‘Global Top Gun workshop. These young adults had demonstrated their competency, skill, and commitment as CARP students themselves. 

14707903_10153931075137681_5939853739702155164_oTeresa posing with the growing CARP America team in 2016. 

With a larger team in place, Teresa was promoted to National Program Director. Meanwhile, Teresa also began working towards a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Marist College. She plans to finish her master’s in nonprofit management in May 2018.

Teresa is proud of several initiatives she helped establish so far such as the Mentoring Partnership, CARP’s 50th Anniversary Celebration dinner, national ‘Momentum’ workshops including a young professionals networking component, and monthly chapter rep support calls, to name a few. 

Continuing CARP’s Legacy

Teresa is hopeful and excited for the years to come. She is committed to bringing joy and incredible success to God and CARP’s founders, Father and Mother Moon.

After collecting CARP alumni testimonies from the past 50 years, she hopes to continue and honor the incredible legacy that was created before her.

teresa-naokimiTeresa with former CARP president, Naokimi Ushiroda. 

It’s been just a month since she took on this new role and she has already visited several college campuses, researched the purpose for CARP from its founders, listened to recommendations by the community, and initiated a national call with local CARP representatives.

The only way we’re going to accomplish anything great is by working together. I think one of my strengths is in bringing people together so I hope I can contribute my skills in this meaningful and significant time.”

Stay tuned for further developments from this dynamic and powerful woman leader and the national CARP team. If you’d like to be part of the magic, email teresa@carplife.org

FUN FACT:

Teresa loves rocking out and dancing in front of the mirror when no one is watching. Her favorite tunes recently are “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.

blessingTeresa and husband, Neil, attended the 2015 Marriage Blessing ceremony. 

Teresa and her husband, Neil, just celebrated their 2-year anniversary. They’ve both traveled extensively and settled in Bloomfield, New Jersey a year ago. Already active in the NJ community, this dynamic duo spends their ideal evening cooking and spending quality time with friends.

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A Time of Women Leaders at CARP

We present an alumnus and woman leader, Christine Froehlich, on today’s Throwback Thursday ‘Meet the Alumni’ series.

1D3A3499Christine giving a presenattion on “A History of Feminism” at a Culture War Seminar.

I first came to work with CARP after graduating UTS in 1980. At that time, Tiger Park was the leader of CARP and this was an exciting time.

You could say CARP was a very masculine organization. We were trained to be tough, to stand up to rowdy leftist student demonstrators, to march in rallies and to debate over the issues of Communism and the Cold War.

In 1982, however, CARP culture shifted to a more nurturing family atmosphere, which was crucial for our witnessing and outreach activities.

The Joy of Pioneering

That year, 1982, (right after the 2075 Blessing) I was asked to pioneer a CARP chapter at University of Alabama, Birmingham.

The assignment was to become a student, do “Campus Home Church,” establish a CARP chapter on campus, engage speakers and create campus events, connect with professors, impact the culture of campus, and witness to new members, while maintaining self-support through fundraising.

CARP alum photos_1Christine preparing to speak to members in the 1980s.

I remember after finding a small house to rent, I had a showdown prayer under a few trees on campus – three nights for 40 minutes – asking God, “Why did you send me here?!”

I was not particularly inspired yet to be in the south. I was feeling very small, in a place that seemed insignificant and far away from the excitement in Atlanta, or New York for that matter.

On the third night, I had a profound experience of the voice of God speaking within my heart, “You are my hope! My only hope for this campus!” This was quite a surprise. I threw up my hands to God and said, “OK I am ready for whatever you have prepared for me to do here!” The next morning, I received a phone call from a professor.

“Is this Christine Moore?”

“…Yes, how do you know me?”

“I heard you are the moonie on campus, and I’d like to ask if you could speak to my class.”

Remembering my prayer from the night before I said, “Yes, I guess I could…and when would you like me to speak?”

He answered, “Today! To my journalism class.”

Remember these were the days when journalists were not friendly at all to our movement! But I could not refuse. I went there that afternoon, and responded to a torrent of questions, the most exciting of which were about the mass weddings so I told the story of our Matching and Blessing.

By the time I finished the interview, the students were actually asking for my phone number, and showing sincere interest in CARP, when the professor interrupted and I was summarily dismissed.

Later that semester, I made friends with the school newspaper editor who invited me to do a full interview on the front page of the school paper. This was my first taste of the joy of pioneering.

CARP Alum2_part1Christine teaching new members on Twin Peaks in California, her next destination. 

Relationships in Unlikely Places

One of my best experiences was at Stanford University. In 1984, after I requested to go to the place where there would be the most witnessing, Dr. Seuk (who became the President of CARP) sent me to N. California to establish CARP on campus as a graduate student.

I was honored to be given this opportunity to pioneer in such a stimulating environment.

During my year at Stanford, I took two classes in Moral Education with a professor called Nel Noddings. Dr. Noddings taught “A Feminine Approach to Moral Education,” and I will never forget when I went to her office to introduce myself before writing a term paper.

“Hello, have you ever heard of the Unification Church?”

“Well, as a matter of fact, I have…”

“Have you ever heard anything good about the Unification Church or Rev. Moon?”

“Well actually I have not.”

“I would like to write a paper comparing your work with the teachings of Rev. Moon, but I wanted to confirm with you first what you think about that idea.”

She answered that she would be happy to read what I had to say. And I wrote “Towards a New Ideal for Moral Education” comparing her “feminine ethic of caring” with Unification Thought’s Theory of Education.

We had a wonderful dialogue through class discussions and my papers over the months ahead, and at the end of the semester she asked students to recommend books for a future reading list. I recommended Dr. Young Oon Kim’s Unification Theology, which Dr. Noddings had read.

One student said, “Isn’t that the cult? The Moonies?”

And Nel answered, “Yes, I have come to see the Unification Church in a new light this semester, and I would like you to be aware that truth comes to us in surprising places. I will add this book to the reading list.”

20170309_000843Christine (center) with Carol Durnan and Jacinta Krefft.

A Mother’s Heart in Witnessing

I learned a lot from Dr. Noddings, who is a mother of 10, about the feminine qualities so essential in nurturing a heart of compassion, caring and moral values in the family and in our schools.

The following year, I worked with a team of 5-6 women who became the heart and soul of the witnessing and outreach work of CARP in the Bay Area. I deeply appreciated Dr. Seuk’s respect for women and trust in giving us important leadership roles.

CARP alum photosChristine and Jacinta (from earlier photo) – ‘moms’ for N. California witnessing 1980s.

I learned that when women can unite with each other, embodying the harmonizing heart of a mother, everything goes well.

As Dr. Noddings had taught in our classes at Stanford, women carry the culture of the family. The heart of a mother brings new life, literally, emotionally, and spiritually.

The family culture of CARP Centers in N. California was bursting with life in the 1980’s and early 90’s in large part due to the patient nurturing education and counsel of “mother figures” and “IW’s.” This helped form a healthy balance between feminine and masculine qualities diligently practiced by our CARP members and leaders. 

20170309_001011An overflow crowd of young CARP members surround Dr. Seuk at Ashby Avenue, Berkeley.

CARP as a Foundation for Other Roles

Based on transformative experiences of overcoming conflict, and becoming best friends with women I didn’t get along with at first, gave me great strength and confidence to work with WFWP from April 1992.

WFWP of California initiated the Interracial Sisterhood Project in 1996, which was recognized as a “Promising Practice” by President Clinton’s Commission on Race, and in the early 2000’s created a Youth Forum on Racial Harmony, held on college campuses and high schools.

To this day, my experiences with CARP have given me strength and faith to pioneer new initiatives, and commit fully to constant growth and education. The spirit of CARP is to apply our faith in Divine Principle to real issues in our culture and society.

CARP Alum2Christine leading a team of new members. 

I have been working with GPA for the past 15 years to continue this education of young Unificationists in life of faith and in application of Divine Principle. I am excited to work on addressing the issues of our times, whether educating ourselves to transcend the “culture wars” of today or creating constructive dialogues on moral and character education.

I am committed to empowering young Unificationists, men and women, to shape the environment, and create the culture of heart with a healthy balance of masculine and feminine leadership. 

DSC02567Christine with her husband and daughter. 

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A CARP Member Is Walking Along Campus When…

A short story about a real-life campus conversation.

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A CARP member is walking on campus when he spots two women walking together passing out objects to other students. Noticing that their paths will cross, this CARP member (we’ll call him Jay) pays more attention to the objects they are passing out. He realizes that the two women are passing out condoms.

As the two young women approach Jay, they offer him a free condom. Jay asked them, “What are you doing?”

“We’re passing out condoms,” they answer.

“Why?” Jay asks.

“To keep people safe,” they answer.

He then turns closer and says, “I believe there is another method to keep people safe. And it has to do with practicing pure love. Can I ask you something about that?”

The two women look at each, hesitate, then look back at him saying, “Sure!”

“What are you trying to keep people safe from?” he asks.

“We want to protect people from STDs.” The two women confidently respond.

“Ah, so you want to protect people from STDs. Well then, may I ask you, are these STDs the cause or the result?” he asks intently.

“Well, I guess they are the result,” they answer.

“Okay, if STDs are the result then what do you think is the cause?” Jay asks. “I personally believe that the cause is practicing a false way of loving. Would you agree?”

Pausing to look at each other again, the two young women respond, “Well, I guess you’re right.”

Jay then says, “Exactly. Don’t you think we should be focusing on the cause and not simply the result?”

The two young women nodded, thanked Jay, and continued passing out condoms. Jay walked away that day feeling very confident and proud that he expressed his views. He also left the two young women with something to think about. And that’s what CARP is all about: empowering students with conversations that matter. 

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A Warm Farewell to Naokimi

Naokimi Ushiroda has stepped down as the CARP America President to accept the role of Director of the Youth, Students, and Young Adult Ministry in America. Teresa Rischl has been confirmed as the new CARP America President.

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In 2012, after some years as a CARP staff and then a CARP Board member, Naokimi accidentally applied for CARP President. Naokimi was applying for a position at HSA Headquarters when his profile got introduced as a candidate for the open CARP President position.

Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon (affectionately known as True Mother) soon invited Naokimi to Hawaii for a leader’s meeting. Then, on July 5, 2013 Naokimi was officially appointed as the new CARP President.

For the next three years, Naokimi led CARP to embody a new mission statement and deliver annual student conferences, a coaching and mentoring program, the “STEP UP” seminar and a UP points incentive system for students, develop strategic relationships, and launch the first pilot series of the Culture Wars Seminar. 

The First “100 Days”

“Learn to look at everything as an opportunity to learn.”

It was challenging. At that point, there was almost no CARP activity so Naokimi was working often working from scratch. But Naokimi had the desire to live up to Mother’s faith in him and to continue on his longstanding personal mission to nurture and invest in young people more directly.

Naokimi’s history with CARP and his degree prepared him to tackle the difficult first hurdles of starting up CARP activities again. 

While a student at University of Pennsylvania studying Entrepreneurship in the early 2000s, Naokimi founded a CARP chapter on his campus. He would gather students of different religions to hold discussions on present day concerns with goal to help young people find a relationship with God.

Following graduation, Naokimi worked as a staff member with CARP Headquarters. During this time from 2004-2007, Naokimi often worked from dawn until midnight motivating students and colleagues, inviting people to events, and connecting to local chapters.

1933756_512808510552_2075_nNaokimi (left) at a CARP meeting in 2007.

With a plethora of experiences in the organization and a business background, you couldn’t ask for a more prepared person for the task of raising up CARP to higher level of accountability and reach among young people.

Naokimi also felt strongly about personal development so toward the beginning of his presidency in 2014 he decided to attend the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). After receiving his Certificate in Life Coaching from iPEC, Naokimi founded his own coaching business and implemented a coaching program for CARP college students as one way to empower young people in embodying the CARP mission.

Leadership in a Time of Growth

“Ideally, every person’s unique capacity for creativity is being drawn out. For that to happen every person needs to be challenged and stimulated.”

Having learned mostly “on-the-job,” Naokimi encouraged CARP’s staff to seek opportunities for personal growth and growth within the organization. New staff members were given an ‘other’ section on their job description where they could develop their skills in a whole new area, beyond the job they were given. By taking initiative from the onset, Naokimi’s team developed ownership over their skills as a means to contribute to the greater good.

14707903_10153931075137681_5939853739702155164_oThe CARP staff in 2016. In the back, Neil (left), Justin, David. In the front, Nina (left), Teresa, Naokimi, Taka. 

Naokimi emphasized integrity within his team and the organization. He reiterated the importance of each staff member to practice the culture CARP is trying to create around the seven Unification Principles and five core values – integrity, teamwork, intention, development, and joy.

“You were a great boss. But many times I’d even forget that you were my boss, you were more like a funny, wiser older brother. Working with you, I’ve learned a lot about myself and about the world. Your passion for discovery and exploration was contagious. And your interesting life stories (about when you had breakfast with True Mother all the way to the suit scandal) were captivating and funny but with deep lessons.” – CARP staff member

Naokimi built up a team consisting of roles such as National Program Director, Office Administrator, Student Coach, International Liaison and Communications Coordinator.

“For me working with you has not just been a boss-employee relationship. You were my boss, my mentor, my coach, an older brother and a friend. So much more than that. I miss those conversations we’d have when it was just the two of us and we’d just talk about what was possible. Our conversations could go on for hours and would just get more and more powerful and visionary.” – former CARP staff member

CARP Activities under Naokimi

“I hope for CARP to invest in a better future … the alumni or elders can be there to advise all levels of youth. I strive for this space to be like a family, in many ways.”

With his team, Naokimi was able to establish ‘Momentum’ conferences starting in 2014. These conferences are designed to provide students with clarity and confidence, practical skills, and a support network.

prayer_hike_at_redrocksCARP Momentum 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Another characteristic of Naokimi’s leadership has been the development of a coaching program and a mentoring program for CARP college students. Coaching provided students with one-on-one guidance on crafting and achieving goals for a semester. The mentoring program allowed young professionals to develop a relationship with current college students who might have questions about career, life of faith, relationships, and how to balance all of it while studying.

In August 2015, CARP America was invited to design and host a Leadership segment of an international program at the Top Gun workshop in South Korea. CARP America was invited back for the following Top Gun workshops in 2016.

STEP UP, or STudent EmPowerment through Unification Principles, is the student empowerment seminar of CARP established in 2016. This program offers students the space to discover their passions and unique qualities and to be empowered by them.

CARP held a celebration for its 50 Years’ Anniversary in July 2016 as an initiative to gather, highlight, and honor CARP alumni and the history of CARP’s many campaigns throughout the years.

Staff&Board03The Board and Staff Retreat in 2016 introduced new members, Robert Beebe, Markus Karr, Kai Wise, and Clara Brunkhorst.

Naokimi’s leadership also led to a growing CARP Board of Directors that have led the organization to a sustainable position. Additionally, he has helped develop a strategic partnership with the Generation Peace Academy (GPA) program through their annual kick off and conclusion workshops. This was a chance to give new college recruits an opportunity to prepare for college and think about what kind of college experience they wanted to create after leaving the gap year service program. 

Continuing the Mission

“There are many people who are excellent at what they do … but who among them are doing God’s will?”

Naokimi would ask himself this question since his college days. At the core, Naokimi is striving to follow a path he believes God has set for him. He started this journey at CARP and now he will continue his mission as Director of the Youth, Students, and Young Adult Ministry.

Even before the creation of this new role, Naokimi had been brainstorming and developing blueprints to educate, empower, and raise up young people from kindergarten to adulthood. With God’s will in mind for young people to realize their potential, Naokimi is now considering the future for all youth throughout America.

FUN FACT:

On an ideal day, Naokimi will be relaxing by a beach with his awesome wife, Shukoko, and their two growing children, Taeshin and Eri.

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Please share your memories with Naokimi in the comments section. Stay tuned for a special report on CARP’s new president, Teresa Rischl, next week. 

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Music in Pursuit of a Culture of Peace

An interview with CARP alumnus and composer, David Eaton. 

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David Eaton has been the music director of the New York City Symphony since 1985. During his tenure he has led the orchestra in concerts at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Manhattan Center, The Apollo Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the United Nations. As a guest conductor and composer, he has performed his own compositions and arrangements with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, and Central and South America. David recently accepted a position as Music Chairman of the Hyojeong Cultural Committee.

Through music I experienced truth, beauty, and goodness; I intuited that music was a way that God could speak to our hearts and I firmly believed that being a musician was (or could be) a way both to find tranquility and to influence the world in an altruistic fashion.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY TO CARP AND YOUR ACTIVITIES WITHIN CARP.

I joined CARP in 1979 when Father Moon directed that certain members of the Performing Arts Department work alongside women who had participated in the 1800 Couple’s Holy Marriage Blessing on campus to educate students about the dangers of Communist expansion.

This was a time when President Carter was seen as being weak on the issue of Soviet hegemony, so Father Moon felt that is was an important condition to mobilize Unification Church members to participate in CARP. I was one of about 40 performing arts Unification Church members that were selected to join CARP as part of this initiative that took place from 1979 through 1981.

318046_10150925751638580_479610053_nCARP concert at California State University, Northridge, 1980.

Under then CARP president Tiger Park’s direction, we formed three bands to travel to campuses for a week or two at a time. The bands, Prime Force, Blue Tuna, and The Front Group, would perform on campus with the focus of witnessing and rallying. We also did a great deal of fundraising to support our activities.

During the summer months, we participated in 40 days of outreach at local CARP centers around the country. We launched these conditions with “Youth and Truth” workshops in Boulder, Colorado, under Tiger Park’s guidance.

WHAT WAS CARP LIKE BACK THEN?

Because Tiger Park was living in the Los Angeles area, there was quite a bit of CARP activity on campuses in California. There were CARP centers in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco.

Usually there were several students living in the CARP centers so when we arrived with our performing groups there was a great deal of excitement generated. Sometimes it was difficult to balance rehearsing, witnessing, rallying, and fundraising, but somehow we found a way to get everything done.

389064_10150925753208580_859546550_nEvening evangelical program performance at the Columbia CARP center in New York, 1980.

In addition to our vans, we also had a large, modern bus in which we traveled across the United States as part of several concert/ witnessing tours. We would witness during the day to bring contacts to evening programs that would feature performances by our bands.

We would also participate in anti-Communist rallies on campuses from coast to coast. When there was a major church holiday, Father Moon would have our band come to New York to perform; we crisscrossed the country several times, often fundraising along the way.

WHAT WERE THE BIG ISSUES ON CAMPUS BACK THEN?

In the 1970s, there were many young people who were greatly affected by the “sexual revolution” and the so-called dawning of “The Age of Aquarius.” As a result there was a sense of idealism among “seekers” who set out to find peace and love. Music acted as the soundtrack for that era and for my generation – the so-called baby-boomers.

Our love of music became a quasi-religion. “Make love, not war” was our credo; sex and drugs were our sacraments, and Rock and Roll was the music that accompanied the liturgy.

The spirit of rebellion and defiance was everywhere, especially in music. The “Free Love” generation and its music literally rocked the suburban comforts of post-World War II America; a deconstructionist mindset engulfed the period, challenging traditional views of family, society, authority, sexuality, art, politics, entertainment, and religion. Campuses were seen to be particularly vulnerable to this new ideology.

The big issue that Father Moon was concerned about was Communist expansion in Central and South America. The late 1970s and early 1980s was a period when there was heightened Communist activity in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

269218_10150925771568580_1359748685_nDavid Eaton demonstrating against communism at Georgia State University in Atlanta, 1980.

There were many Communist activists on campuses and with college faculty members becoming increasingly entrenched in left-wing ideologies, there was a great deal of sympathy for Communist expansion in the Western hemisphere. Father Moon correctly understood that the dissolution of traditional values presented a problem for society.

When we held anti-Communist rallies, the atmosphere could be highly charged, and it wasn’t uncommon to have eggs thrown at us while we were performing. I still have egg on one of my musical instrument cases from a rally in Madison, Wisconsin.

Of course, our movement was also viewed as being highly controversial, and though we were frequently accused for being “interlopers,” we felt that we were doing a service to our country by alerting students to the threat of Soviet expansion. Since this was a major concern for Father Moon, we felt dedicated to the effort to “wake up” the student population.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR CARPIES TODAY?

Read, read, and read some more. Sir Francis Bacon made the assertion that “reading makes a full man, conference a ready man and writing an exact man.” He wasn’t wrong, either. (But he may have been a bit chauvinist).

The study of the humanities is important, because the humanities have the ability to “humanize.” Many sociologists argue otherwise, but my experience and intuition tell me that the great artistic achievements of the past can provide many insights to the human condition. Schiller called this “aesthetic education.”

UN_70AnnivConcert_RobertDavi_6.30.2015David Eaton performs with actor/singer Robert Davi and the New York City Symphony at the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary concert on June 30, 2015.

The truth/beauty/goodness paradigm as espoused in the Divine Principle has great value in pursuit of a culture of peace. Get to know your cultural patrimony (the things that one generation has inherited from its ancestors). Reading will give you a greater depth of understanding about history, art, education, politics, media, economics, etc. Reading will give you perspective.

Since the “RP” in the CARP acronym means “Research of Principles,” it’s important to develop greater comprehension of the principles we espouse as well as those that we object to.

Reading also increases one’s focus and discipline; it fosters long-term thinking and longer attention spans. It’s also important to read daily from the “eight text books” that True Parents have bequeathed to us.

Every time I read Father’s words, I come away with some new insight about God, the providence and the importance of staying connected to our heavenly parent. This is an important part of understanding our cultural patrimony. When we witness, we need to have a firm understanding of our beliefs as well as the ability to defend them.

Check out some further reading by David Eaton on Applied Unificationsim, a blog of Unification Theological Seminary (UTS). 

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Feeding a Starving Community

Here’s a student highlight story on Kristin Anthonis from CARP Kansas.

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Meet Kristin, an enthusiastic communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit and a global edge. She is only 23 years old and has already developed a youth and young adult ministry in her Kansas community while attending university with a plethora of international experience under her belt.

Daughter to a Belgian father and an American mother, born in New York with a number of childhood years spent in Uruguay, Kristin comes from a diverse background. As a student of Dietetics, Kristin hopes to become a registered dietitian and help people nurture their external and internal well being.

familyFamily photo (left to right): mother, Kristin, brother, and father. 

Following two years at Generation Peace Academy (GPA), Kristin started thinking about how she could care for her community.

“Two core organizations that make a community function well are youth and young adult groups.”

From Momentum to Engagement

Kristin assumed the role of Youth and Young Adult Pastor after completing GPA in June 2014. She found that she was trying to feed a “starving” community.  

“We have these kids and no one is taking care of them.”

In August of 2014, Kristin decided to attend a CARP Momentum event, which is an international convention for college students to develop personal confidence and clarity, practical skills, and gain a support network. Momentum 2014 was an inspiring and memorable experience.

momentum_2014Group photo at the conclusion of CARP Momentum 2014. 

“This was the first CARP convention I had ever been to and it was impacting, with a lot of wonderful activities. I was really inspired, but I didn’t think I had the means to start my own chapter on campus, so instead I focused on the youth and young adults in my faith community.”

With a newfound inspiration from the convention, Kristin set out to establish a youth program for the kids and a young adult ministry called YAM. She initiated all this as she was starting to attend college that Fall.

Kristin organized monthly youth meetings with the support of the National Youth Pastor, Kaeleigh Moffit, who had set up a system and resources for youth pastors across the country to implement.

While Kristin had a support system for her youth program initiative, she didn’t have many resources to develop and sustain a young adult ministry. 

momentum_2016Kristin (middle) listening to a presentation during CARP Momentum 2016. 

In January 2016, Kristin decided to attend another CARP Momentum event to find inspiration and support for her YAM initiative especially. There, she had some insights.

“I got the realization that as much as I wanted to set up a CARP chapter the way it is typically done on a campus setting, I felt our YAM community could really benefit from implementing CARP principles, even if I had to change the image of CARP a little bit.”

So, she set out to convert YAM into a CARP community chapter. Similar to the youth program support system, Kristin found a wealth of resources and ideas for engaging the young adults by plugging her YAM community into CARP’s mission and principles.

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CARP Kansas meets every first Sunday of the month. A typical meeting looks just like a CARP campus chapter meeting – the members do a check-in, a young adult member gives a CARP Talk around one of the seven Unification Principles, and then there is discussion and sometimes other activities.

These CARP meetings are open to college-aged young adults. On average, seven or eight young adults gather at these monthly meetings and sometimes someone will bring a friend. 

Balancing Life with Coaching

Accountability is key to maintaining consistency. In starting up her community CARP chapter, Kristin decided to get CARP coaching for greater accountability.

A weekly coaching session for three months helped Kristin to jump back into the public sphere after some months of not initiating meetings for the youth program or CARP. “As time passes, it gets more and more difficult to start up again,” but coaching really helped Kristin to re-determine herself to her public mission.  

Balancing studies, relationships, and a public mission to engage the youth and young adults can be challenging, but achievable.

“Through coaching, I realized I needed to share responsibility with others. I learned the value of trusting people, that interdependence is a higher value than independence.”  

dresden_germanyKristin biking through Dresden, Germany in Summer 2016. 

It’s important to maintain a healthy personal lifestyle in order to consistently contribute to a public mission. Coaching also offered Kristin the opportunity to hone in on some important personal goals that would help her maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.

This, in turn, helped to sustain her public mission to engage the youth and young adults in her community.

Love like a Global CItizen

Since GPA, Kristin has felt such a profound heart for God and Father and Mother Moon. Now, she truly wants to connect other people to that same heart and the Divine Principle teachings.

Whether someone or some community is starving spiritually or physically, they can benefit from people like Kristin who truly believe in the teachings to live for the sake of others and to love like a global citizen. 

CARP’s mission statement is “to inspire and empower students to be global citizens by engaging them in the study and application of Unification Principles.” Kristin invests a lot of her time to materializing this mission in her public work for the youth and young adults. 

kristin_peruKristin on a service trip to Peru helping to beautify a playground for the children of the community. 

The portion of the mission that Kristin is truly passionate about is the emphasis on developing young adults into “global citizens.” 

“A global citizen is someone who cares about everyone in the world as One Family Under God by doing what you can to love and serve the members of God’s family.”

Her advice is to start small. Like Father Moon always emphasized, you must conquer yourself then conquer the world. Through personal growth, we can grow our capacity to love and then truly contribute.

This contribution starts in the family, then the community, and finally the world. It’s a ripple effect.

The Unification Principles offer the tools to feed a starving person or community on campus and across the world. But practice makes perfect so it’s important to exercise these principles. 

muralA mosaic wall at a university in Honduras that Kristin helped create out of tiles which she and the service group shaped and affixed by hand.

How can you believe in One Family Under God?

“You need to travel in order to understand the greater world you live in and the experience of all members of God’s family. Only by knowing and experiencing the world can you love all of God’s children as a true global citizen and as one family.”

Practice loving like a global citizen by joining CARP on an exchange trip this spring break.

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How to Brand Your Awesomeness: Resume Tips

By Katya Beebe

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With spring break just around the corner and summer internship postings up, it’s an excellent time to find opportunities out there and prepare yourself well to get them.  

For the upcoming spring break especially, look for opportunities to go abroad as it will give you a global edge on your resume and offer invaluable insights to your worldview.

CARP’s mission statement emphasizes that students become global citizens. The skills of a global citizen are best acquired through an international experience, which is why CARP is organizing international exchange trips for spring break 2017 for any college student ready to go on an adventure and develop their communication skills, adaptability, and global awareness.  

Before even starting the application process, you need to figure out what you’re looking for in an internship or job (we recommend using the WISER goal-setting method for additional help).

Once you know have an idea and some tangible opportunities in front of you, it’s time to organize your resume, which is the prominent way to showcase who you are to the world.

The Resume Landscape Today

A resume is an account of your education, qualifications, and previous experience. It is a marketing document intended for a prospective employer or educator to get to know you. The general rule is that a resume needs to be concise and clear so include exactly what you need to communicate.

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A recent study on recruiter decision-making found that recruiters spend only 6 seconds reviewing an individual resume. This clearly indicates two things:

  • Your resume needs to pop, and
  • Your resume needs to be easy on the eyes.

A solution to the first point is to add some “subtle” color to your resume. As for the second point, you need to pay attention to the layout of your resume, the font you are using, and the type of resume format you are using (that makes sense for your industry).

A functional resume is a good place to start – where you don’t include all your experiences, just the most relevant ones.

Alternatively, a chronological resume might be a good fit if you don’t have your heart set on an industry, in which case you include all your experiences in chronological order starting from the most recent and working backwards.

It can be daunting to start a resume or even to update one. It’s a difficult task, but a marginally important one to increase your chances of landing your dream job (or any job for that matter). This is a sample resume that includes helpful suggestions for college students just entering the world of internships or entry-level jobs. 

1. Digitize your contact information

Make it as easy as possible for potential employers to contact you. By hyperlinking your email address and LinkedIn profile, you are just one click away from getting an interview. If you include your home address, only include your city, state, and zip code to protect yourself from identity theft. Use active links for any other social media links you may have that are relevant to your employer.

2. Provide a clear, concise statement  

Here is where you provide a summary statement characterizing your experience and employment goals. This should relate to the job you are applying to. As a college student, it is unlikely that you will hold a full time position for an established employer so providing a summary statement reflecting your career interests is helpful.

However, it is highly recommended to replace the summary header with a header of your area of expertise followed by a professional synopsis that states your years of experience, job history, and big career achievements once you have them.

3. Keep your education at the top

As a current student with little professional experience, it’s best to showcase your education closer to the top of the resume. The rule of thumb is to keep your education closer to the top with details like GPA, honors and distinctions, and relevant courses or projects as long it adds value. Typically, the more professional experience you gain post college, the less relevant your college details will become. In that case, stick your education towards the end of your resume with details limited to degree specifications and certificates.

4. Tell them about your relevant activities

Chances are, if you’re in college, you are not only undergoing coursework, but you are also involved in clubs and volunteer opportunities. Put these down as long as they are relevant to the job you are applying to. Be creative and think of task descriptions for the work you did for a club or organization and your position with these groups, i.e. the sample resume includes experience at “The Global Current” which is a campus radio club, but the wording illustrates the club duties as a professional job experience. This will show your employer that you are thinking like a professional even if the experience technically isn’t.

5. Describe what you did, not what you are

For each relevant experience, use action verbs to describe the tasks you performed. Be sure to explain what you did and not your title or job description. Specific and measurable achievements (data, money, time, etc.) where possible shows tangible results. Try to keep the descriptions to one line per bullet and 2-4 bullet points.

Many companies out there use software to sift through the hundreds of resumes they receive so make sure to use the right industry keywords. You can also mirror the language of the job posting for a higher chance of beating the machine. Employers want to know you did your research.

6. Include some global edge

In an increasingly internationalized world, employers are looking for candidates with a global mindset based on experience living, working, or even volunteering abroad. Include in your Relevant Experience section some international experience whether it’s a week-long service project or a 3-month internship/volunteership abroad and the unique skills you developed.

Alternatively, you can include a study abroad experience in your Education section with a bullet point or two about its impact on your studies whether you took some interesting, eye-opening courses or participated in various field trips.  

If you do not have any international experience, it’s highly recommended to look for those opportunities, whether it’s with CARP’s international exchange programs, the international office on your campus, or with some other organization. This experience will put you ahead of the competition.

7. Finish off with some “special” skills

Employers may want to know you have other skills that can be useful. Display your language skills, technological skills, and even your relevant interests such as a subscription to an organization’s newsletter or a news outlet. Do not include skills that are flagged important for the job posting since these should be highlighted in your Relevant Experience section. These should be additional skills that you may not have had the chance to use in a professional environment just yet or that are minor to the job posting. 

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Final Notes

Once again, resume-building takes time, effort, and skill so remember to constantly review and improve your resume as you acquire new experiences and skill sets. Taking the time to prepare every detail of your resume will also better equip you for interviews to follow since you will have the language to effectively explain your qualifications and experience. 

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Fact and Fiction about Relationships in College

By Katya Beebe

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Love is the answer,

At least for most of the questions in my heart

Like why are we here? And where do we go?

And how come it’s so hard?

It’s not always easy and

Sometimes life can be deceiving

I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together”

Jack Johnson’s lyrics sing about being in a loving, (probably long-term) relationship where the two are better together. Many of us want to be in a genuine, committed relationship at some point, but does this idea translate into a college environment?

Looking at the current climate of college students and relationships today, it seems that college students prefer shorter, more casual relationships over long-term relationships because it lets them focus on their academics and other aspects of their life.

Check out this inforgraphic of surprising statistics about relationships in college.

According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA), between 60 and 80 percent of North American college students have had some sort of hookup experience, even though 63 percent of college-age men and 83 percent of college-age women prefer a traditional relationship to an uncommitted sexual one.

These two sets of statistics just don’t add up. An indicator could be that the culture on college campuses emphasizes a lifestyle of independence to focus on academic success, which would support the statistics in the inforgraphic. 

There is a very real concern for college students that a long-term relationship can derail their academic and career pursuits. But is it really reasonable to say that shorter, casual relationships allow for greater focus on academics and other priorities?

The Case for Long-Term Relationships

Some myths around long-term relationships in college is that they lack the fun element, they dictate your academic and career choices, and they are not likely to last. Instead, long-term relationships can offer stability, comfort, growth, fun and in college, even a push to do better in your studies.

We asked seven individuals who were in committed relationships while studying in college about their experience and here are the challenges and benefits they highlighted. 

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When asked how challenging it was to be in a relationship while studying, we got a mixed response, with some choosing not challenging and challenging. None of the individuals chose very challenging.

Some challenges to being in a long-term relationship were

  • daydreaming and lacking some focus on assignments,
  • time and physical constraints with long-distance, and
  • assigning a schedule to the relationship.

These challenges might seem counter-constructive to one’s personal growth since there is another person to continuously keep in mind. 

This is why the benefits shouldn’t be overlooked to understand why someone would choose to be in a long-term relationship while studying.

Interestingly, the benefits were essentially the same  for the seven participants in this survey. When asked how helpful it was to be in a relationship while studying, every participant but one stated that it was helpful (the other one participant chose very helpful and none chose not helpful).

The overall benefit to being in a long-term relationship is having a consistent partner for emotional support and someone who will push you to do better. The participants felt they were better together.

In the stressful moments during exam periods, final assignment due dates, and internship application season, having someone who is just as interested in your success as you can be reassuring, comforting, and even motivating.

The benefit of having a trusted, supportive partner outweighs the challenges of finding ways to keep the relationship energized and nurtured for these individuals who chose this alternative to short-term, casual relationships. 

You Choose Your Distractions

Naturally, as a college student, you want to do well in your studies, discover your career path, and maybe even explore other extracurricular activities that campus hubs offer. Having relationships are another natural disposition for college-aged young adults.

It’s a game of time management in the end. It takes some good sense of your time and what it’s worth to figure out what to fill it with. 

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Casual, short-term relationships might seem like a great compliment to this time management issue since one would think you are limiting your time and effort for a romantic relationship (effectively placing long-term commitment in Box 4). 

But let’s consider these relationships a little more deeply. There is such as thing as hookup regret with negative side effects such as lower self-esteem, increased anxiety, and disappointment. As an important side note, the hookup culture has an even more negative affect on women and is often characterized as a pressuring environment.

Dealing with a breakup is also taxing on a person’s emotions so your time and effort doesn’t end with the termination of a short-term relationship. 

There’s no denying that the stress of these scenarios drains students emotionally, which can affect their academic success. Yet, some students come to think that casual, temporary relationships won’t distract them in their academic pursuits. 

Relationships – whether a casual, short-term one or a serious, long-term one – are distracting. But so is Netflix, social media, and the web, but we try to manage our time to include these luxuries because we recognize that these make us happy to some extent.

Some distractions are better than others. The seven participants of the survey expressed their willingness to be distracted by a long-term relationship because the benefits outweighed the challenges.

A committed relationship offers emotional stability and the constant support of another person, which helps drive one’s success in other areas of life, including in academics. But, it takes time and effort to maintain that stability. A series of short-term relationships, in the long term, might take just as much time and effort but with little to no benefits.

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Advice (for those in a long-term relationship)

  • Involve your significant other in your studies and extracurricular activities so that he/she has a chance to take an interest in your goals and objectives. This way, he/she can be even more supportive and help you achieve those goals. Who knows, maybe even bouncing some ideas off one another could lead to some great insights! And, of course, vice versa.

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  • Carve out some intentional time for your relationship, whether it’s a weekend skype session, a daily phone call, or regular dates. A relationship can do wonders in supporting and uplifting you personally, but you need to reciprocate to the other person and the relationship.
  • Confront your couple’s challenges with the help of experts like Drs Les and Leslie Parrott (“Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts”), all the while keeping a sense of humor. We can’t laugh enough!

Advice (for those not in a relationship)

  • Of course it’s okay to be riding the single train. A relationship will be all the more challenging the less you know about yourself. College is a perfect time to discover yourself and if you aren’t in place to take on a long-term relationship, that is a wise thing to understand about yourself.
  • Immersing yourself in a hookup culture or even a casual, temporary relationship for your convenience will probably not yield the best results for you and your goals either.
  • Find ways to develop good relationship-building habits. It’s important to focus on academics and your professional growth, but it’s equally as important to cultivate solid, genuine relationships since these are the cornerstone to a life-long happiness.

At CARP, we promote a culture where we can develop genuine relationships through sincere, selfless interaction (one of the core principles). You can, too.

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Following Up with Goal-Setting Part 2

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Last week, we posted Following Up with Goal-Setting Part 1 on the WISER goal-setting process in application starting with the conceptual steps (W and I). 

Now that you have had the chance to identify your breakthrough goals and ways to stay inspired by them, let’s dive into the more action-oriented steps of the process (S, E, and R).

Once again, we have the architect of this method, Naokimi Ushiroda, to share with us through some follow-up questions on how to actually apply each step of the WISER process.

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Strategy

This step requires another set of lists – of strategies, or ways to get closer to your goal. The suggestion outlined in a 5-Step Process to Setting Awesome Goals is to identify 3 to 4 different strategies for each goal.

Follow-up Question: What is the process of coming up with strategies and what are some good examples?

“Once again, a goal needs more than one strategy to be achieved. The process is simply asking yourself the right question, What will help me to achieve my goal?

Some strategies I came up with for my relationship goal to strengthen my marriage are to

  • commit to a daily act of service, such as washing dishes, giving her a massage, etc.,
  • read a book about relationships so I can deepen my own understanding, and
  • take my wife out on a date every two weeks.

Some strategies I came up with for my health goal to achieve a black belt in Tae Kwon Do are to

  • pay for the chance to exercise since this dollar investment will push me to work out and
  • check in on a weekly basis with the CARP team on our health log for accountability.

I have strategies set for my public work goal and business goal as well. 

Follow-up Question: Do you have any other tips?

An additional tip is to anticipate your roadblocks, or challenges, and create a strategy around that problem before you hit it.

As an example, a common challenge is “not having enough time.” Your strategy in anticipating that challenge could be to set aside a certain amount of time every week to work on your goal.

When you set goals, you are moving from where you currently are to somewhere that you aren’t yet. Challenges or resistance is a natural side effect of any progress or growth. When you set new goals, you need to expect these challenges, so that they don’t surprise you and discourage you on your journey to achieving your goals.

Your strategies act as a preparation tool for overcoming those challenges instead of becoming overwhelmed by them.” 

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Execute

For this step, the emphasis is on executing a daily action. With a plan in place, the next step is to do something toward your goal and keep a log of your actions for review later on.

 

Follow-up Question: How do you take daily action toward your goals?

“This step is really about identifying one simple thing that takes 10 minutes or less that you could do on a daily basis. By doing something daily, you can develop confidence and focus towards your goal and build momentum towards your goal.

One go-to daily action I recommend for anyone is to read a book or listen to an audiobook related to your goal. Even just 10 minutes every day. This one habit will guarantee growth, and you will be much further along in your goal one year from now. I like to listen to audiobooks on my commute, because there’s not much else I can do productively when I’m on the bus.  

An easy daily action step for a health goal is to keep a filled water bottle next to you. This way, you automatically end up drinking more water throughout the day and it decreases your intake of less healthy foods and drinks.

One daily action I try to do for my relationship goal is to always give my wife a hug and a kiss everytime I see her – when I wake up, when I come home from work, and when I go to bed. This is a simple act of connecting that contributes toward mybreakthrough goal.

The underlying value of this daily action is that it helps prevent a sense of overwhelm as you continuously apply small steps toward your goals. It also serves as a constant reminder of what’s important to you, and you’ll start to notice new opportunities that will help you in achieving your goal.” 

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Review

Finally, the last step in the process is to always review, review, review. Setting a clear time each week to go over your actions toward achieving your goals is essential. An additional tip is to find an accountability partner.

 

Follow-up Question: What is the process of review for you in your goal-setting?

“For my coaching business, I actually have a coach of my own who helps me prioritize what I need to do each week. Having a coach as an accountability partner has helped me so much in growing my business and in keeping me balanced in all my other goals.

In my work, I implemented a weekly check-in with the CARP staff in order to reflect on what worked and what didn’t work, and it has kept us on track with our goals.

In my relationship with my wife, I actually set aside Sunday afternoons as the time to check in with her to go over anything she needs on a weekly basis. This is the time where we can talk about finances, vacation plans, activities for the kids, etc. It’s a way for us to connect over all household issues.

The main point of having a weekly review is to have the space to make mistakes and learn from them. With review, you don’t have to stress or fear failure, because you know that you can always learn from your mistakes and get better. Naturally, this will lead to more action and expedited progress.” 

Follow-up Question: Is this Review step supposed to beimplemented only weekly?

It’s important to check yourself weekly on your action steps, but time and again, it’s good to do a full review, which means to go through all the WISER steps again. This could be every two weeks, every month, or even every 40 days.

By doing this, you may find that your What needs more clarification, or that your goal is not Inspiring to you any more, and you need to adjust it accordingly. Or maybe your Strategy needs tweaking for a more effective outcome. You may find that you want a new daily action to Execute or that you want to change your weekly Review time to make it work for your schedule.

This is an ever-evolving process that will constantly improve itself based on what works for you. This is what it means to have a mastery approach to goals – it’s ultimately about becoming a better you.   

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Big Goals

This comprehensive goal-setting process is supposed to make the task easier, more enjoyable, and rewarding as you seek out what you want in life and how to achieve it. 

One of Naokimi’s BIG goals is to write a book outlining this process with real life stories around the application of the WISER goal-setting process. We are hoping to find CARP students and others who are willing and excited to take on the WISER challenge and share their story.

If you are trying out this WISER goal-setting technique and want to share your story, please contact teresa@carplife.org

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Following Up with Goal-Setting Part 1

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At the start of the new year, we shared an article about the WISER goal-setting process developed by CARP President Naokimi Ushiroda with over 10 years of goal-setting experience. Hopefully, some of you had a chance to try out this more comprehensive method of clarifying and setting awesome goals.

Now that it’s been a few weeks, we want re-emphasize the value in having a system in place for achieving goals. In an exclusive interview with Naokimi, we learned how he applies this goal-setting method in his daily life. 

So, let’s review each step of the WISER process and ask Naokimi a follow up question on how to actually apply the steps. We will focus on the first two steps in this article, which are the more conceptual stages of the process. Stay tuned for next week’s article applying the last three action-oriented steps of the process. 

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What

This step is a brainstorming session to list out what you want which then informs what your goals should be. These goals should also be listed into different categories of your life such as health, career, relationships, etc.

Follow-up question: How do you navigate and organize your list of goals? 

“It’s a good start to outline all the different things you may want in 2017 as mentioned in the article. However, because we have limited time and resources, it’s important to prioritize. So, pick one goal among each categorized list to focus on as your key breakthrough goal, or the one thing that if achieved this year, would make you feel satisfied.

I work almost full time, have a coaching business on the side, do Tae Kwon Do, and I’m also a husband and a father of two so there are many things to balance in my life right now. In order to manage all this, I try to focus on one main thing to achieve in four key areas of my life.

    • For example, in my public work, my main focus will be to secure a team, budget, and goals for the National Youth & Young Adult Ministry. For my business, I want to focus on securing 12 clients for the year. In terms of relationships, I will focus on consistent quality interaction with my wife to strengthen my marriage. And in the area of health, my main breakthrough goal is to get a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Again, all these areas of my life, I focus on one key breakthrough goal and make that my focus for 2017.” 

wisergoals_page4_W_partA sneak peek into the workbook for brainstorming the W step. 

Inspiration

We discussed inspiration in the context of a physical vision board in the last article. A daily visual reminder would help keep people inspired to continue pursuing their goals.

Follow-up Question: How do you flesh out this step and are we really just talking about a physical vision board?

“I think vision boards are great for those who are stimulated visually. For me, I find that writing things down works best. I really like brainstorming on a blank word document. I ask myself some powerful questions like “what do you really want?” and formulate different visions in my mind and start writing it down.

For example, before it was officially confirmed that I would be working in a new role as the Director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry, I imagined what it would be like, and started writing out a purpose statement, my dream team, the organizational structure and a budget. I used this to actually negotiate with the Executives at HSA, which eventually led to me to getting hired in my new role.

In one sense, I was already living my new role and was feeling excited and inspired to fulfill what I envisioned in my mind through writing it down and talking with others about it.   

So, the vision board is one type of reminder, but continually clarifying, and writing it out in words further substantiates what you want. Using all your senses, TRY writing out the experience of achieving your goal.

  • What do you see?
  • Who are you with?
  • What do you smell?
  • What do you hear?
  • What do you taste?
  • How do you feel?

The more you flesh out the experience, the more you will be able to already feel some of the benefits of achieving your goal in this visualization exercise.

“Some say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Then, make sure to carry around with you this mini written manifesto as a daily reminder!”

wisergoals_page6_I_partA sneak peek into the workbook for brainstorming the I step. 

Take this week to apply the first two steps of the WISER process. Identify your breakthrough goals, or what you want, and then visualize for yourself what it would be like to achieve those goals for inspiration. These two steps are an important conceptual stage that sets you up to then take action which you can read all about next week. 

If you would like to learn more about the WISER process and are interested in a more detailed, personalized workbook on the subject, please email naokimi@wisercoaching.com 

*In the workbook, W represents “Who” which is just a deeper reflection of “What.”

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