I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others through teaching. I’ve always wanted to be able to do something else aside from teaching as a means of living.
As far back as 20 years ago, I tried to offer to teach accounting for free to an orphanage but nothing came out of it. A few years ago, I inquired about how I could teach reading to indigent kids. Somebody from the government replied that I had to tie this up with a nutrition program which neither I nor the provincial government had extra money to do.
Why I failed to intensely pursue my dream or lost interest in working on it would be a rather long and complicated story. But this year, I hope to seriously put all my efforts to jumpstarting my dream.
Here are a few things that I must do, according to Zen Habits:
- Focus on the right goal. If we have the wrong goal, we’ll never have the burning desire to achieve it. Makes sense.
- Know that you can do it. I like the quotation in this post: There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. – David Deida
- Keep notes of success by others. This is how and where we draw inspiration and motivation. If they can do it, we can, too!
- Find friends who have the same goals or mission. It’s important to have the right people to work with. Like-minded friends can share the tasks and give each other encouragement.
- Make use of your reticular activating system (RAS). This is new to me so I still have to research on this. Basically, it’s a system that allows us to “home in” on our goals and stay focused on them.