The idea for this blog came to me after reading a comment left on an entry called “Perception”.
I’m not judging, I’m just saying.
This is an easy trap.
It can happen to administrators, teachers, custodians, cooks, school boards, parents, athletes, students and entire school districts (is there anyone I didn’t insult???).
Most of us like to believe we are self-motivated (if this was true, I wouldn’t need an alarm clock… or a scale).
And most of us are motivated.
Up to a point.
Then not so much.
The point our self-motivation fails us is when things get really hard.
It’s difficult to do things that are uncomfortable (or new).
I think this is one of the reasons it’s taken so long for technology to be taught by classroom teachers.
It can be hard (ie: new). And confusing. Even worse, it opens up the possibility the teacher may not be the smartest person in the classroom.
Many of us also believe the organization in which we are members is far greater than it actually is.
If you are involved with a group of people who are consistently telling each other they are great, you start to believe it.
None of us want to think we need to continually improve, but we do.
We all need help to accomplish great things. To do our best. To do things we could have never imagined.
It’s impossible to push ourselves to our limits (if that was the case the Marines wouldn’t need Sergeants).
Most of us think we are working as hard as possible.
We believe we are improving on a daily basis and giving at least a 110% effort (except on Fridays and days before holidays… those don’t count).
The truth is we probably aren’t.
That’s where we need help.
Other people (or outsiders) can recognize areas in which we need to improve.
We may not want people telling us we aren’t as great as we think we are, but it’s definitely what we need.