Let me start off by explaining how I came up with the theme of my website: “Life Lessons That You Never Learned in School.”
I’m going to assume that most of you have not had any formal classes when you were
in school that taught you about life - whether it's communication, conflict management, listening, relationships, parenting, goal-setting, choosing your thoughts/emotions, balancing your life, or anything else related to these life skills. Why not? Well, it’s because our culture does not value them. Nothing against calculus, geology, physics, and other subjects like that, but when does the average person ever use this knowledge? Unless you are going to be an engineer, you will probably never use your calculus knowledge ever again.
I don’t mean to imply that these subjects are not important. They are. However, if
you think about the amount of time we spend communicating or parenting, or trying to figure out how to set/stick to new goals vs. the amount of time we spend doing complicated math problems, well, I think you see my point.
I am a communication professor, and I spent many years trying to get schools (even private preschools) to adopt communication programs that teach students to communicate effectively.
Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful. Why? Because our educational system is so“air-tight” and regimented that there is no room for anything else.
Most people think, “We don’t need to study life skills like communication (or any other life skill for that matter) because we do that stuff all the time!” And in response to that, I say, “And that’s EXACTLY why we should study it! Because we do it ALL the time!” Let’s face it: most people are NOT good communicators. They THINK they are, but they are not. This leads to a whole list of problems that go along with it - such as poor relationships, jobs they hate, or just an overall dissatisfaction with life. And I have come across so many people who still really don't know what who they are, or what they want out of life. And even if they do, they don't know how to successfully hold it all together without losing their minds.
That’s where I come in, and why I started this website. I want to motivate and teach people how to improve their lives. From relationships to setting life goals, it all starts with focus and having the right tools. If we started learning these lessons when we were in preschool, then all of us would be pretty good at it by now. But the reality of it is … well … most people
So think about it. What areas of your life do YOU want to improve? It all starts with knowing what needs to be changed. And the next step is to learn how to do it. Then, DO IT!
Those are my thoughts for my first blog! I hope you stick around ... and please share this with your friends! :)
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