How to Throw a Resource Party
The harsh truth is that the target will start to dissipate if it gets stuck in the brain for too long. To move from this comfortable “I ‘d like to do this” space to the immersive realm of “Damn it, I’m actually doing this,” it must be there. Spoken out loud. Shared with trusted friends. Considering the legs.
If you are like me, you can tell one or two people about your goals to keep yourself together. A good start. But author and blogger Erin Lötschner takes the idea further. In her Instagram post, she suggests throwing a “resource party.” Cause? You know good people. These good people know other good people. Now get all that goodness in one cozy room, add some snacks, wine, index cards, sharpeies and a little vulnerability, and you’ve just created a safe, invigorating space where dreams can become plans.
Lochner explains how it works:
1. Gather 3-5 of your closest friends and ask them to bring some of their closest friends. You’ll have a circle of reliable people you can squeeze into the living room, but I’ve had the same success in a hotel lobby full of strangers.
2. Everyone: write your item on the registration card. Dream, project, plan, whatever. Be specific. *
3. Read it out loud in the room. See how friends and strangers raise their hands to talk about the different ways, big and small, they can help. Do you want to run this marathon? A hand will raise: I can offer babysitting while you exercise. Another: I have a discount code for sneakers. Other: I train too if you need an accountability partner.
4. Exchange of information. Say thank you.
5. Go and raise your hand for others.
Many accountability groups exist for specific industries (like a freelance writer), but I love the idea of throwing a party where guests can share their unexplored dreams. For example, I’ve always wanted to learn how to play one good ukulele song. When you invite friends, ask them to bring others with them with unique interests, specialties, and connections.
Everything changes when you open up your goals to the world and allow others to help you achieve them. Take that first big step by meeting new friends and grabbing a grab-and-go meal.