It doesn’t matter what targets or goals you are set by your ‘superiors’or curriculum.
You will always be swimming upstream, struggling against an incongruent tide until you can make those targets match your own personal goals and visions.
Your remit might require you to communicate the rudiments of algebra.However, communicating concepts in which you are interested only by virtue of your occupation will result in limited absorption by your students.
They cannot get passionate about Shakespearean Sonnets if you are not passionate about Shakespearean Sonnets.
You cannot get passionate about your subject unless your subject is in some way linked to your real life and work goals. Your subject requires YOUR ENERGY and ENTHUSIASM.
This will only communicate if you can feel it in your core being.
Enthusiasm comes from ‘En-Theos’ – meaning ‘In God’ [substitute your own term/Life Force/Nature/The Source of Everything/Universe etc.]
Here’s a personal example. As an apprentice engineer, in a creative position and earning reasonable money, I was required in my third year to show the ropes to a new apprentice.
I discovered I had little or no real interest in my occupation. All I wanted to discuss was music.
This was a real insight into how paradigms – other people’s thoughts, media and reactive circumstantial conditioning – were driving my life decisions.
I taught him how to be unenthusiastic about engineering and enthusiastic about my passion – music.
Long story short – I quit soon after this realization and became a life-long working musician. I never regretted my decision.
You cannot get truly enthusiastic about teaching your subject if it is not congruent with your deeper desires, dreams and passions. And your deeper dreams and passions lie beneath your paradigms.
Seek the congruency between your deeper drives and your teaching work and you will find daily, energising enthusiasm that you and your students will happily lap up.
Strengthening Your ‘Goals’ and Self-Leadership
The Problem: Your goals are often dictated by your job, your boss, or your unconscious programming [paradigms]. The result is a deep, underlying dissatisfaction with work and life.
Sadly, these conditioned goals – what you think you’re supposed to want – are the very processes which are causing you to experience failure,frustration and feeling like your life as a teacher is a total daily up-stream swim.
The Solution: CREATE! Before you can really discover goals which match your purpose and utilise your enthusiasm as fuel to attain them, you have to wave goodbye to your paradigms, those conditionings which are holding you back from being the very best teacher you can be.
Making the decision to do this is a conscious act of SELF-LEADERSHIP. You are consciously committed to discovering what YOU truly want, not What you’ve been told you can have or what you are allowed to expect.
Let us assume that you and your life are filled with limitless possibilities and that you can create every day exactly as you want. [Reading some Quantum physics may help to validate this ‘assumption’]
Sit in a peaceful space and write – without inhibition – your ideal day. You can fantasise as much as you want because this is a creative process. And, that is, after all, why we are all here – to create, or co-create, depending upon your viewpoint.
So, take a deep breath and let your ideas flow, unedited, for 5 minutes. Use blue ink on white paper. Remember – be absolutely limitless.
“By recording your goals and dreams on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.” -Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Next; localize this process to your life and work as a teacher.
An example: You have a life-long enthusiasm for numbers. You are a teacher of Mathematics. Localize: “I want my students to be enthusiastic about today’s introduction to algebra.” Or “I am so excited to communicate my enthusiasm for playing with numbers through algebra.” Or even, “I feel so good about teaching algebra.” Be sure to have that good feeling.
This is a foundational technique employed by super-successful business people, artists, writers, sportspeople and others throughout history.
What many Goal-Setting Trainers and Coaches will never tell you,because so many don’t know, is that your goals MUST be congruent with your positive self-image held in your unconscious mind. If they are not, they will remain wishes, or even become blocks to fulfilling your dreams.
This act of SELF-LEADERSHIP – determining which goals are congruent with what you truly want – will instantly boost your self-image, self-esteem, self-confidence and your integrity.
Imagine, then, the effect upon your students.