Dec. 07, 2011
Life is a challenge-meet it. That’s the kind of message teachers need to give their pupils more often. Pupils spend so much time in school that teachers have more opportunity of inspiring those students than even their parents. So they can encourage them never to give up on their dreams or to strive for excellence. They can suggest that they look at things differently or suggest that they turn their thoughts into action. Of course parents teach by example but teachers have students in a more formal setting and they expect teachers to make inspirational or motivational suggestions. They are, if you like, a captive audience and something a teacher says may just strike a chord. Telling them to make a random act of kindness every day might just encourage them to make that a habit for life. Subjects like these are ideal topics for discussion and of course if you can get them talking about what they can achieve they could develop a totally different outlook on life. So if you are a teacher risk it, a risk is worth taking.
Fix your focus and achieve your goals. That’s good advice in every sphere in life. After all many of us are hazy about exactly what we want to achieve. We may have a general idea but really have not tied it down to something concrete. Yet it is only by fixing your focus that you can concentrate on actually doing something towards achieving your aims. If you decide you think you want to be a doctor, for instance, your first focus must be on passing your examinations to enable you to go to college to study medicine. You might also focus on getting some practical first aid experience by joining an organisation like the Knights of Malta or the St. John’s ambulance brigade. You might discover that you are too soft or too unsympathetic to cope with accidents and emergencies never mind becoming a physician. It’s better to have a short term focus with a long term goal in mind. That makes it easier to accomplish because fixing your focus is like giving yourself a step towards that future goal. Once you have reached the first step you can fix your focus on the next one. Life may throw some twists your way but if you fix that focus you will be like a sailor pulling a boat full of your dreams nearer and nearer to shore.
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