Courage to Change the Things I CAN

In the past few years, my job and my private life have both benefitted by me setting goals.  That may sound a simple suggestion but it is really subject to interpretation.  For example, in teaching kids you might make a general goal of:

I will meet the needs of all my students.

This is really hard to achieve for two reasons:  #1) the needs are not defined and #2) each student has different needs.  I would say this goal as is is quite impossible.  Now watch what happens when we make it more specific and put measurable objectives in:

I will give each child a pre-test and post-test on which they will show 90-100% accuracy or at least a 10% improvement from pre to post.

You can also do this with your kids:

I will spend 30 minutes with my 10 year old son every Thursday talking and interacting away from the rest of the family.

Note I left out the general and went to the specific.

The serenity prayer goes as follows:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

The line that begins with courage is the goal setting line.

You need the courage but also the wisdom to kmow what you can control. I encourage you to be specific in setting measurable goals. Another example of how I do this is in my CAN Blog Self-Rating system that you can read all about on my personal blog. Understand that without a goal you can never achieve it and without a specific goal you can’t even see where you’re headed. Do you set specific or general goals?

6 Replies to “Courage to Change the Things I CAN”

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  2. You got your point across so well, Damien.

    I am so bad about not setting goals or making a list of more than anyone could ever track, and thus, tossing it aside. It is one of my most frustrating weaknesses.

    I decided yesterday to just set one goal/task at a time. Reading this today, hopefully, will reinforce it.

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