Learning about herbs and how to use them in a responsible manner can be bewildering and overwhelming. Especially when you want to serve others. You can easily take a wrong turn. And end up in a ditch.
We present The Herb Academy courses in a specific order on your My Courses page. Doing them in this order is important. But it’s not critical… You are most welcome to jump around. Especially if you are here purely as a hobbyist (for the fun). Irrespective of your reasons for embarking on your herbology learning journey – hobby or professional – it’s important to plan your own journey based on your goals and resources (time and budget).
Remember: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Step 1: Pick a Journey That Will Help You Reach Your Goal (Destination)
We’ve given you four examples of learning road maps in the previous learning unit. Pick one and follow it as is, or simply use them for inspiration. Don’t overthink this step. Just stating your broad intent is perfectly fine at this point in time.
Step 2: Plan Your Milestones and Your Timeline
You already know when you want to reach your final destination = take better care of yourself and your loved ones, launch your business or coaching practice. Work backwards from that future date and plot your milestones along the way. This is a high-level activity, don’t get bogged down into detail. For starters it’s as simple as listing the towns you’ll pass through when planning a road trip.
Step 3: Commit To Completing Your Current Milestone
Having a clear sense of where you are heading and when you’ll get there is empowering. It can also be overwhelming. Don’t let it be. Take baby steps. Always remember that the only thing on your learning road map that is cast in stone is completing your current milestone. Tackle your current milestone and publicly commit to reaching it at a given date. Then tackle the next milestone. Rinse and Repeat. One step at a time.
Insider fact: Don’t let the fact that the courses are self-paced derail your dreams. Only about one out of ten of the students that embark on their first milestone – completing the Basic Herbal Medicine Making course – actually reach this milestone. And with that, of reaching their dream of making a difference with their new found knowledge. Don’t let this be you. Commit and reach your current milestone. Whatever it takes.
Side note: Online learning can be very lonely. If you need help, or a sounding board, to plan your learning road map don’t be shy to reach out. You can contact me (Di-Di) on +27 082 416 7145 or [email protected]
Now it’s your turn. Use the questions below to help you plot your learning journey. Have fun.
#1: I’ve chosen the following learning journey.
(What is your goal and how will you reach it? Refer back to the examples if you’re not sure. Don’t overthink this. It’s either product-focused, service focused or just for the fun.)
#2: To finish my learning journey I see myself reaching the following milestones.
(List all your milestones if you can. If you’re not sure, don’t worry. Just list the first two or three milestones. You are not casting anything in stone. You are just giving your dream direction.)
#3: My CURRENT milestone is _________ and I’m committed to reach it by _______ (date).
(State your current milestone (the course or class you’ve enrolled in) and by when you are committed to reaching it.)
#4: My NEXT milestone is _________ and I’m committed to start it on _______ (date).
(What will you be doing next? And when will you start?)