Finding Purpose

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” — Unknown

Goals are important. Too often we get caught up in being “SMART” and creating goals designed to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, but we forget about one thing: we forget to set a purpose. We focus all of our attention on the who, what, where, when, and how, and lose sight of the why.

Simon Sinek has made a career out of pushing people to “Start With Why,” but what he is really talking about is focusing on the fundamental and self-evident concept of purpose.

Every thought and every action has a purpose. And humans need purpose.

Often times I hear teachers wrestling over questions like, “What chapter are you on?”, “Where are you in this unit?”, “How long did it take to get through this chapter?”, and “What do I do with this student?”

Students, on the other hand, tend to be laser-focused on finding a purpose, asking questions like, “Why do I need to learn this?”, “How does this benefit me?”, and “Why are we doing this?”

In this regard, we should be more like students.

A simple tool I use is called Momentum. Momentum is a free Chrome extension, which hijacks (in a good way) my homepage and presents me with a beautiful landscape, a simple clock, and a prompt asking, “What is your main focus for today?” Whatever I type into the prompt becomes my checklist and disappears when I complete it.

Teachers can use this to set a focus for each day or each class and develop their purpose.

Let me know your thoughts and if you find Momentum to be helpful for improving your focus and setting a purpose, in your classroom or life.


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