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How my dreams came true (Part 4)

Finally here comes the continuation of my series “How did my dreams come true”.

 In the last months so many things happened in my life, that I just could not keep up with the writing! I will let you know as my series goes on, because 2 weeks ago a huge dream came true!

 A little summary for those of you you who did not read my last posts how my dreams came true: in part 1 I wrote about my practical year at a bible school and in part 2 about my studies to be a teacher. Part 3 was about my move to another city.

Now comes part 4: my time as a teacher.

 After my first and second state examination for teachers at primary and secondary school

I moved from south Germany to the middle of Germany – 5,5 hours away from where I grew up.

 I remember the evening before my first day in school as a teacher. 28 six year old children where about to start their school career with the first grade. And the teacher was ME! Wow – I was fully responsible for 28 little kids, starting school, teaching them how to write, read, count and how to get along with other children and teachers.

 I remember my sister calling me around 9pm asking me: And, what did you plan to do on the first day at school? And because I had the accident with my car just a few days before and had to organzie a lawyer and many other things, I didnt have much time for preparation. So I started with a night shift of preparing my first lesson. 

For german kids and parents the first day in school is a very important day and before they have their first lesson, the whole school welcomes them in the auditorium with a little program where the kids, parents and grandparents join.

After this they have their first lesson alone with the teacher.

 Here is a picture of my first day at school (not as a teacher, but a student =)

So this first day in school is not only important for the kids and parents but also for the teachers.

 It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed getting to know „my“ 28 kids which I taught then for the next 4 years.

It was amazing to see them throughout grade 1,2,3 and 4 and how they grew up and learned a lot of things for their lives.

 For me it was a privilege to work at a christian school, because I could share my faith in God openly.

In the morning we always had a time, where we read something from the bible or we spoke about a bible verse and how we can live it out in our daily life. I think the best thing how to learn bible verses is through songs. That’s what I did with my primary students.

My dad worked in a mission where they recorded CD’s and they produced a few CD’s with bible verses for kids. So I used these in my class and the kids loved it.

Learning bible verses through songs it’s not only a good way to learn for kids but also for adults.

 Every year I visited each kid and the family in their homes to get to know the environment they live in. It was very interesting and insightful to see the dynamics of the family life (parents interacting with their kids, condition of the house, order in the kids room…).

 I loved interacting with the children, the parents, my colleagues. What gave me a headache was all the preparation at home and the report writing every 6 months. In my first year it took me at least 3 hours per student to write the report – and I had 28 kids in my class = more than 90 hours….. when did I do this? Mainly in the night when everything was quiet and I was able to concentrate – because I lived on a busy road and it was quite loud during the daytime. I remember sleeping usually not more than 4 or 5 hours.

 It was a very stressful time being a teacher, but also very rewarding. I am very grateful for this experience and for the wonderful people I met during this time. I worked there 5 years and then I moved on. In my next posts I will write about how I started bible school, working in mission, then as a flight attendant.

 ??? I am wondering what experiences you had when you started your first job. It would be nice to hear from you!

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Why is goal setting important (Part IV)

  • Goals can provide motivation and persistance

Do you know how many times Thomas Edison failed before he finally found a way to make the light bulb work? Over a thousand times!

It’s normal that you will struggle and fail many times before you finally reach your goal.

But what gives you the energy of wanting to reach your goal – even when there are many obstacles? It’s the WHY!
The question is: where does your motivation come from? WHY do you want to reach this goal?

Why do some people reach their goal, even when they have to struggle and try many things to get there? Because their WHY is big enough to find a way to reach that goal.

Why do on the other hand some people don’t reach their goal? Because their WHY is not big enough or they lose sight of their WHY.

If you want to achieve something high, struggle and failure often comes along with it. But if your WHY is big enough, you are able to motivate yourself and work continually towards the goal you want to achieve.

??? Ask yourself ???

What is my desire? What is my purpose? WHY do I want to accomplish this?

Last week my goal was to climb a mountain. WHY was this my goal? Because I wanted to take pictures from the top and it was my only chance to take this picture here in Australia before going back to Germany. I really wanted to reach the top of this particular mountain.
Do you think I struggled? Oh yes, I did! But I knew: if I go further and further I will finally reach the top – this prospect kept me going. If I wouldn’t have known, where I am going, what would have expected me, if I wouldn’t have known that there was a top of the mountain, I would have never had the energy, the desire and the persistence to go to the top. My goal really kept me going. I did motivate myself with singing, listening to a song, taking pictures while walking… so I kept walking continuously towards my goal: the top of the mountain.

I struggled a lot, I was sweating, I was weak (cause I got up 5 o’clock in the morning to take pictures of the sunrise at the beach), I had to carry my camera, my thick jacket……. I could have had many excuses NOT to go to the top, but it was my goal, I REALLY wanted to go and I walked slowly but continuosly (with a few little stops in between).

And FINALLY: I reached the top. What a view! You see it in the picture above.
I was so happy that I made it. What a feeling. I reached my goal! Nobody can take this away from you. This is awesome, when you push yourself to the limit, when you persist, when you motivate yourself by thinking WHY you are doing this and: finally you reach what you wanted: the top!

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Why is goal setting important (Part III)

  • goals can help you to set priorities

How do you decide which way you go? Do you go with “the flow” or do you let your current interest or other people’s interest determine where you go?
Or do you consciously decide which way you go?

Goals, visions and dreams help you to identify your priorities so that you can make the “right” choices based on a long-term view of what is most important for you.

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Why is goal setting important? (Part I)

Did you think about your goals for next week, next month, next year?

Maybe you thought about it, maybe not.

There are some reasons why setting goals is important and there are also reasons why many people don’t set goals.

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

Why is goal setting so important?

Here is one reason for goal setting:

  • it gives you clarity where you want to go

Would you go on a major journey with no real idea of your destination?

To set a goal is like a roadmap – it guides you and takes you from where you are and where you want to go.
If you have no goals in life, you are spending your life running around and not achieving anything for yourself. In actual fact: if you don’t know where you want to go it doesn’t matter which road you take =)

Maybe you are doing a lot of things in your daily life, fullfilling everyone’s goals, but not yours. Or maybe you work in a job you don’t really enjoy, but it’s secure.

??? Do you have clarity in your life where you want to go???

The next post will give you more reasons why it’s important to set goals.
Maybe you want to post some on my blog. I would love to hear from you!

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Do you set goals?

 

 

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

Do you know people who have a passive approach towards life? They live their lifes just “as it comes”. They don’t set any goals for their life. Their life now looks almost the same than 1, 2, 3…. years ago. Maybe you see a few changes, but that’s more the result of other’s actions rather than their own.

Actually I met a lot of people like this – people who don’t have goals for their life. And to be honest: I like spending more time with people who like to set goals for their life. They inspire me, they motivate me to achieve even more. When I spend too much time with people who just live their lifes day by day, I get an “uneasy” and bored feeling.

Did you ever make this experience? That you want to escape from some people? People who talk all day long about the same stuff, the same problems, the same stories? For me that’s not inspiring at all.
I want to surround myself with people who love to set goals, who love to learn new things, who love to get further in life, who love to achieve something.

Sometimes I set too many or too high goals for myself and then I get frustrated that I don’t reach them. I still have to learn to be realistic that I don’t overcharge myself.

But why is goal setting so important?
There are a few reasons. I will write more about this in my next post.
For now, ask yourself these questions:

??? Do I set goals???

??? What are my goals for next week, next month, next year(s) ???

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Why don’t people pursue their dreams?

What is YOUR fear? Why don’t you pursue your dream?

??? Question for you today:

If you had a million dollars – what would you do? Which dream would you fulfill???

I think money is a big factor why some people don’t pursue their dream. People want security.

My experience:

If my first goal in life would have been security, I wouldn’t have done all the things I did. If my goal was security I would have stayed in my secure job as a teacher.
I wouldn’t have left my secure income, I wouldn’t have left my friends, I wouldn’t have left the place I lived, I wouldn’t have sold my car …….

Instead: I would still teach at a school, I would have my own flat or house, I would have my secure income, I would have my friends around, I would have a nice car: all in all: a secure life.

Instead I chose a different life: little income, living with three other people, small rented room, friends all over the place, 17 year old car (my sister gave me back my car as a present – which I had sold to her a few years ago – I am very thankful for this actually), and and and………..

It’s not the most secure life to be honest, BUT I reached a lot of my dreams and I am very grateful for this.
If I didn’t have the courage to take steps into the unknown I would have never experienced all the beautiful things I experienced and I would have never met such beautiful people and I probably would have never grown that much.

It takes a lot of energy, a lot of effort to reach your dream, but it’t worth it!
Just start with the first step and everything else will follow!

Colour your dream!

 

 

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How to discover your dream

Did you think already of some childhood memories, of some childhood dreams?

Did your dream or some of your dreams come true already? If yes, why? If no, why not?

What could block your dreams?

For example fear, living someone elses dream, chasing money or prestige, laziness, habitualness, excuses (no time, too old, no money, etc.). I am sure you come up with many more dream “blockers”. What did block YOUR dreams so far?

????Ask yourself this question????

If money and time wouldn’t be an issue: what would your life look like, what would your dream job look like?

What action steps could you take right now?

Think about the following:

 What are your dreams?
Decide, that you want to uncover your dreams, that you want to live a life full of purpose and doing something you love.
Start noticing the things that excite you.

 What lights you up?
What interests you? What do you read? What are the things that you are naturally drawn to? About what topics can you talk for hours and hours? What activities make you feel energized?

 What makes your life too busy?
Many people don’t know much about their passions because they are too busy. If your life is too busy with work, family, chores, obligations or endless to do lists you will have difficulties finding the time to explore your passions.

Some people struggle to work it out for themselves. They find it helpful to work on these questions with a life coach. If you need help in this I would be happy to be your coach! Just ask!

No matter how you do it – by youself or with a life coach: Do it!

My experience:

During the last years I always talked about this topic with my sister! We are both interested in finding out our passion, personality, our dreams. She is a great help for me and we both ask each other questions about our life. It helps me a lot not to work it out by myself but having a person who asks me the right questions.

The last year I also had a life caoch who helped me to think about different aspects of reaching my dreams.

I would be happy to hear from you. What action steps did you take already to reach your dreams?

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