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What Success Means

Find more purpose and focus on what really matters.

I created this workshop because I believe we all need to spend more time (1) reflecting on how to find more purpose, meaning, and passion in our lives, and (2) focusing on what really matters to us.

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Live Wisely and with Passion

This workshop explores the goals, strategies, and tactics necessary to live a successful, fulfilled, and productive life. We will reflect on our lives, discuss what really matters to us, consider how we find purpose and meaning in our lives, explore our life goals, think about our values, produce personal mission statements, examine how to take better care of ourselves, and learn effective time management skills.

This workshop is designed and led by Professor Chris Palmer, a passionate advocate of personal growth and how people can become successful, productive, and fulfilled. Palmer is an author, film producer, and father.

Open to All

This free noncredit workshop is open to AU students, alumni, staff, faculty, and members of the general public. Advanced registration is required.

Class Goals

  1. Formulate what really matters to them and what values are important to them.
  2. Create and develop a personal mission statement that reflects the best possible life they want to lead, a life which is passionate, honorable, focused, purposeful, and meaningful.
  3. Include in their personal mission statements changes they plan to make to their lives to bring them into closer alignment with their life goals.
  4. Learn some essential key time management skills.

Design Your Life Workshop

Three Thursday Sessions

March 29-April 12
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Each class will employ a number of pedagogical approaches, such as writing, role playing, small group work, mini-lectures, peer reviews, one-on-one coaching, discussion, student presentations, interviews, and think/pair/share.

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