If I Could Only Do What I Want To Do
by Lee Wise
© Lee Wise 2004 All rights reserved
"I don't want to do what I "should" do. I want to do what I would "love" to do."
I may be able to help you do just that -- at least in a small way.
Allow me to explain.
I minister in an educational environment. A common term in this setting is "learning contract."
A student and instructor design a set of goals for a course and the student "contracts" to do what he has said he would do. In effect, the student designs his own course.
As for me, designing these contracts defines a good portion of what I do in relationship to those I train.
A project for an intern will typically involve formulating a specific goal to accomplish in a ministry setting.
The intern may decide to "design and teach a series of lessons for the
junior high youth."
And, since he has to do research as a part of the course he is designing, he may also decide to "research topics related to ministering to junior high youth."
THAT'S WHEN THE FUN STARTS
For me, once these general statements have been made, the fun begins.
Because more often than not I will start the process of helping the intern match "what he wants to do in his heart" with his goals.
At this stage I often make statements like these:
"Forget about what how to word things. Forget about making the project just right."
"Just tell me your heart's desire here. What do you really want to do or see happen?"
Once I hear what he has to say, I will then suggest that he formulate a goal that connects his heart to what he has chosen to accomplish.
THE HEART IS THE KEY
Stay with me. All of this will relate to you. You will see.
I must define a few more concepts first, however.
Once I hear what the intern's "heart desire" is, I try to match that with his learning objective. He may, for instance, have a deep desire to become a better communicator to those junior high kids.
I might suggest he set up as another objective for his course one that reads like this: "I will create my own self-improvement plan to become a better speaker."
We have just added "the heart dimension" to his project.
When I am able to connect the heart desire of the intern with his assignments in a self-directed study, I have a match made in educational heaven!
NOW LET ME ASK YOU…
If you had to design a course of your own this year -- one for your life and not for a grade -- what would you create?
If you had an excuse to "research" anything you wanted to in the next 60 to 90 days of your life, what would you research?
What books would you read?
What classes would you take?
Who would you talk to?
What programs would you listen to?
If you matched what you were "researching" with a creative way to grow, develop or achieve something you truly wanted to achieve, what you do?
Begin learning a new skill?
Improve on an "old" skill?
Design a short term, achievable project?
Start to solve a problem you are facing?
Create a schedule that included time for daily growth?
IF YOU DO CREATE YOUR "COURSE"
Should you decide to act on my suggestions, make sure you match the desire of your heart with your plan of action.
The desire of your heart will give you energy, sustain your effort, and help you maintain hope as you look to the future.
It will help you "see" your future.
And don't forget to think about doing what you want to do "in small, achievable steps."
That is a very important aspect for making all of this work.
Forget about doing things "big." We are not talking about…
Taking an entire course
Writing all of your book
Rebuilding the house
Cleaning out everything you have acquired in the last
fifteen years, etc., etc.,
ONE LAST ASPECT
Think creatively about what you can do "within the context of your other responsibilities."
For example, you can focus on improving your communicational skills by learning to be a better listener at work.
Your overall objective may revolve around becoming a better speaker. However, learning to listen well is a great way to polish your skills as a speaker.
As you learn to listen, you begin to "read" people, hear stories related to the everyday world of people just like you, and improve in your responses to others: all which will help you relate to an audience.
You can improve a little each day.
Your improvement can take place in the context of your normal day.
To do more of what you want to in life, try these simple
1. Think in terms of creating your own "personal learning contract."
2. Consider a 60 to 90 day period of time for accomplishing the task you are setting for yourself.
3. Define what you would *love* to do.
4. Plan on doing what you love to do in small, achievable steps.
5. Look for creative ways to accomplish your plan of action within the context of your present responsibilities.
Yours for a day filled with beautiful moments in time,
P.S. Let me know of your progress. I'd love to hear your own adventures of success!
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