Congratulations on being selected as a Group Leader of The Lift Project! You can play a vital role in lifting the lives of others and that is an exciting honour.
This toolkit contains ideas and resources for making it easy and enjoyable to lead others on The Lift Project wellbeing adventure.
Firstly, here is an overview of The Lift Project and how to use it in a group setting:
- The Lift Project involves 10 lessons, ideally taken over 10 weeks.
- All participants have access to The Lift Project online platform that contains the learning materials and everything they need to engage with the program.
- Each lesson explores a scientifically proven way to “lift your mood and your life” that the participants learn about and then are encouraged to try for themselves through fun challenges.
- The Lift Project draws together hundreds of studies from Neuroscience, Lifestyle Medicine and Positive Psychology but it is presented in a fun and simple way that anyone can understand. Encourage your participants to share it with their families.
- Each lesson includes a video presentation (approximately 20 minutes) by Dr Darren Morton, who is an internationally-recognised wellbeing expert. Participants can also learn the content by listening to an audio presentation or reading about it. These options are all included in each lesson and many participants engage with these as well as the video.
- Participants are encouraged to perform a small daily challenge and then one larger challenge that relates to the topic for each week. This is pitched as “challenge by choice”.
- Everything about The Lift Project is pitched in the positive. Participants are never told what they are doing wrong, only what they can do right to improve their wellbeing.
Studies show that The Lift Project can be incredibly uplifting. The challenge is to encourage your participants to engage with it and this is where you as the Group Leader can make a big impact. Here are things you can do to make The Lift Project transformational:
1. Send reminders. Sending encouraging emails or text messages to remind and encourage your participants can make a big difference to their level of engagement and hence their overall experience. It is good to send a reminder:
a. at the beginning of each new week, reminding the participants to commence the next lesson.
b. mid-week, reminding the participants of the challenges for the week and encouraging them to get involved.
2. Organise meet-ups. Bringing your group together, either face-to-face or via videoconferencing, can really bring The Lift Project to life. It is best to do this at a time in the week where you are transitioning to the next lesson (i.e. as a debrief on the previous lesson and introduction to the next). While you have the flexibility to be creative with how you conduct the weekly meet-ups, the objective is to create a “positive place” where participants can share with and encourage each other. A good format for the meet-up is:
a. Debrief on the previous lesson by discussing what they learnt and how they went with the challenges. Encourage your participants to share their stories as this is an excellent way to connect the group.
b. Introduce the next topic and encourage them to get started right away. If time allows, the very best thing to do is to watch the main video for the next lesson together and discuss what is presented. This ensures the participants get started with the topic (the main videos run for approximately 20 minutes).
c. Introduce the challenges for the upcoming week and encourage them to give it their best effort.
Included below are some PowerPoint templates for download that can be used to guide the meet-ups, although they are not necessary. The most important thing for the meet-ups is to create connection and community!
3. Make it memorable! As a Group Leader, the best thing you can do is create “memory moments” throughout The Lift Project. CLICK HERE to discover easily applied ideas that you can use as part of your group meet-ups. It is highly recommended that you utilse these activity ideas as they really do add tremendous value to the participant’s experience of The Lift Project. The make the journey more enjoyable and beneficial for everyone!
Thanks for being uplifting!