Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vision for a New Year

I'm so happy to share that I am going around the leadership class again. This time though, I am privileged to be the Teaching Assistant. That means I get to plan the lab for our class and observe the progress of the great students in the class!

I've been a little nervous because last semester the class was mainly freshman and I was the oldest one in the class, but this time I am one of the youngest and I'm supposed to try to "teach" them principles of leadership. This is the great thing about REAL LEARNING. There are two principles we learn in Doctrine and Covenants about teaching and learning:

1) D&C 88:122-Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privellege.
  • Simply put, I'm not in charge of the class nor am I qualified by any credentials to tell anyone in my class what to do or how to be a leader. What I do know is I have been "appointed" as a teacher. A teacher creates an environment to learn and where all can speak.
2) D&C 50:22-Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together. 
  • I don't have to be the "talking head" at the front of the class room. I can be and will be one that learns from my students so that we can be edified and rejoice together. 
Since two weeks before the new year I've been working on establishing a vision. I haven't established a vision or a mission statement yet that has been motivating. I have though been seeking earnestly. That may be what you call my mission: To seek earnestly and find what direction I need to go in my life. Why am I taking so much time in seeking. I honestly believe that God has a plan for me and I want to follow it (vision-why).  

I have kept close to me, as well, advice my Dad gave me, "Make sure you do what you love. Find something you are passionate about and do that for a living." That's just what I'm going to do.

To be honest I have been trying to find what I love and what I want. I'm confident I will find it. I'm willing to take all year pursuing what I love and what I want. Then I will know, come next year, I will know where I'm going.

In pursuit I have already spoken to an academic counselor. He advised me to go to some classes just to get a feel for some potential interests I may have. He also advised me to go and interview some professors. I have created a list. I feel like I need to add a few more. Then I will make the appointments. By the end of next week Feb 10 I will have the classes planned to go to and the professors scheduled to meet.