Getting better. On purpose. Every day.
Easier said than done. But it always starts with reflection. It’s hard to purposefully move toward improvement (either personal or collective) until/unless we turn the mirror on ourselves. That mirror-gazing is both a look at what exists in this moment, and a look over the shoulder at where we’ve been.
WHY – Why have we thought and acted as we have been? Are those moves in alignment to where we want to go and what we want to be in the future?
WHAT – What needs to change today to bring us into that alignment? Some “stuff” likely needs to be halted, and other “stuff” needs to be ramped up.
HOW – Knowing the WHAT leads to the HOW. The required changes in habits don’t occur on good intentions. Action of some kind is required. We need to be clear about how we intend to make those moves.
WHEN – We can’t eat the whole elephant in one bite, but we can move the needle a little today (how’s that for mixed metaphors?). NOW is the time.
GO! (Tomorrow we can re-evaluate and revise as needed. It’s sort of like continuous improvement.)
*If you’d like to read more of nc’s blatherings, go to nc’s Recursive Learning.
Nelson Coulter has held a lot of titles: rancher, educator, author, musician, entrepreneur, coach, mentor, consultant, and professor. He has coached, taught, and been published in many settings. He has served in public schools of all shapes, sizes, and contexts. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Louisiana State University - Shreveport. His most cherished titles, however, are the ones not attached to career identity: son, husband, dad, and granddad.