What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
~ Robert Schuller
Oh, what a question! What would I do?
I like to think that I am brave and bold; a dreamer and a doer. The truth is, I'm a dreamer who is trying to be a doer. I am a person who does well with deadlines at work, but not with self-imposed ones. I always get the job done, but rarely till the last minute. I am passionate about beauty and the arts, but have no art form of my own. I am an expert on the use of goal setting in the classroom, but I've been struggling to set new goals of my own.
The trouble is, I know the value of goal setting as a habit. Consequently, my head won't leave me alone. How can you expect your students to set goals for this quarter when you don't have any short term goals of your own? Forget short term goals. What are your long term goals, anyway? My head irritates me sometimes, but I've learned to listen.
And so, I ask myself. Self, what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Really. What is it that your heart of hearts longs for?
And I answer.
- I would have my essays published in a national magazine; a byline of my own.
- I would buy a real camera and stop messing around with my dinky point and shoot.
- I would take pictures every single day and teach myself to see.
- I would write the children's picture book that's spent three years in my head.
- I would collaborate with Jeffrey and Sloane on a children's chapter book mystery series.
- I would finally begin to take that daily walk.
- I would really quit drinking Cokes once and for all.
- I would apply to teach Master's level classes at the university where I earned my own Masters in education.
- I would make the time to host those Family Nights I've been dreaming of.
- I would help my class come up with a concept and write a book that would win the annual Scholastic competition.
- I would play with my child every single day.
- I would make more time for the people I care about. Things like having a weekly date night with my love and girlfriend dates twice a month.
- I would find or create a new circle of friends to replace the small group we loved and lost.
- I would definitely take that family trip to Amsterdam and Africa.
And you? What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
This Bird Has Flown by Irene Suchocki is used with permission. For this week only you can buy one photograph and get one free. Good news, yes?