“I’m calling on each of you to set goals for yourselves.”
US President Obama to students on the first day of school.
photo from CNN
How did you think the President of the United States did today in his speech to school children?
Obama used a lot of great techniques that can be useful to teachers. He gave concrete examples of kids who over came obstacles, he told a personal story about his own upbringing so we trusted him a little more, and he was clear in his message: Stay in school so you can learn and develop your talents, skills, and intellect so you can help the “old folks solve our most difficult problems.”
But my favorite part of his address was when he asked everyone to set a goal for themselves. No matter what your circumstances are, there is no excuse for not trying. Set goals for yourself so your life can make a difference.
Is there ever an excuse to not have a goal? Every child and adult – everyone – needs a goal.
I’m going to accept the challenge myself and throw down the challenge to any one reading this blog. Now is your time to look inside at your goal. What is your goal for yourself as a teacher this year? How are you going to make a difference?
I often find it is hard to separate the “To Do” list from the goal. When I think of my goals I tend to think of all the things I have to get done. If I settle with “do laundry” as my goal, I think I may be selling myself short – not to mention being a pretty boring person.
What goal is exciting – that’s the challenge. I’ll start with My GOAL. I’ve had some time to think about this as my teacher, Tulshi Sen, is always saying,
“Anyone who truly loves himself
will take on the responsibility of having a Vision for their life.”
I’ve been writing, re-writing, changing things, fine-tuning my Vision and my goals for years. I do it to love myself. If I don’t set my own goals, others will do it for me. I worked too many years doing jobs to fulfill the goal of someone else. I’ve sorted bottles, cleaned dirty diapers, and helped homeless people. Achieving the goal of someone else leads to burn out. I’ve been there and don’t want to go back!
I will leave my goal in the comments. If you want to see what it is – click on the comments (for those getting an e-mail, you’ll have to click on the title of the article to go to the comments). Before you click – think of what goal you are going to write for yourself in your own comment. If you don’t know what it will be for this year, at least write what you want to change!
The challenge is thrown down. Who wants to love them self? Whether you’re a teacher or not, what is your goal?
- Do you want to spend more quality time with your loved ones?
- Start doing work that is more fulfilling?
- Find out what fulfills you?
- Open orphanages?
- Develop a software that pays for a million orphanages?
Just like all great teachers do…. the final decision is left up to you. What’s it going to be? Just like Obama did, I’m calling on each of you to set goals for yourselves for the upcoming year.