Monday, October 08, 2012
Two weeks ago, I gave my students an assignment. We had been talking about the importance of goal setting... that merely saying I want to graduate isn't enough. WHY do you want to graduate? WHAT will you do after you graduate? WHAT do you have to do in order to reach your goal?... and so forth.
Then I shared my goal; To work off all the weight I have accumulated and get healthy. I told them that there were many steps I would have to take to make it a reality. I was prepared to take whatever time was necessary... perhaps two years... to get there. It will take VERY HARD WORK. I'm not naive. This will not be a cake walk.
Nothing is handed to you as though it is your right to claim it. If it were that easy, we would all be healthy, employed, and literate. No, in order to lose weight, I will have to work at it. I will have to do homework... exercise, meal planning, and maintain a balance - always putting spiritual interests first. But if I stick with it, I can make it happen.
I am a literacy instructor. The adults we serve have battled with reading, writing and/or math through their years in school. Most of them did not complete secondary school because of learning issues. So setting and reaching their goals will take similar effort to mine.
I asked them to prepare a visual collage depicting their goals and what it will take to reach them. They are due tomorrow, at which point I will share mine as well. I have finally completed my collage. I gathered way too many inspirational words and illustrations, but could not fit them all on my board. Now you know why I scrambled to get it done today.
Thanks for all your encouragement. It means so much.