But then I look at my belly and go “Hmmmmm………”
It can seem like goals take forever.
I also get a lot of emails from teachers saying “In my school they just want me to have fun and not teach anything.”
This tends to get the natural reaction from me of “Set some goals!”
After all if we’re not teaching anything we’re just stealing the kids time – they might as well be out playing in countryside enjoying themselves!
The Dark Side
But setting goals does have this dark side.
As natural, normal competitive human beings as soon as we reach a goal, we set a new one!
And as we never finish it can lead to a sense of never ending struggle and never being happy. (Or getting a six pack.)
So that’s where today’s magic comes into play: The Reverse Gap!
Instead of thinking “Oh, I’ve got so long to go before we reach the goals!”, flip the class around and occasionally look back on just how far you’ve come.
Facebook are doing a great job with this by featuring pictures you uploaded a year ago, when you look at them you go “Wow, actually I’ve done quite a lot this year!”
So keep a diary of all your lessons, and every so often pop back and show the kids what lessons they were doing last year.
Even if they are constantly struggling when going forward, as long as you’ve been doing your warm ups and reviews they’ll look back on these lessons and go
“Wow, that’s really easy! We’ve done really well!”
And this type of gratitude, and seeing “The Reverse Gap,” is what makes us really happy and gives us all the energy to move forward!
The thing is that unless we consciously take the time to think about it, it often *seems* that we haven’t moved at all.
But I *know* you’re not the same person as last year.
So, what were you doing 12 or 24 months ago? And how far have you come? Do let us know in the comments!
P.S. If you can’t remember, write it down! The Five Minute Journal is one of the most recommended ways of doing it – then pop back here in a year’s time!
P.P.S. This is also why I always recommend doing the Thanksgiving Lesson every year. Even if you’re not American or Canadian this one act of being thankful each year is a huge boost to happiness!