Many of us (adults and students) struggle with wanting things to happen NOW! As a result, we tend to look for shortcuts. Dr. Elmore suggests that a “second mile” mindset will serve us all better. Check this out:
“In order to move from the ‘shortcut’ mindset to the ‘second mile’ mindset, let me suggest these shifts:
Stop Asking Shortcut Questions…
- What can I get by with?
- What meets ‘expectations’?
- How little can I study and still pass?
- What can I get out of this job?
- Is my behavior justifiable?
- Is there an easier way to do this?
Start Asking Second Mile Questions…
- What would surprise my supervisor?
- What would ‘excellent’ look like?
- How much can I study to improve?
- What can I give to this job?
- Is my behavior helpful to others?
- Is there a better way to reach the goal?”
If you are leading students today, I would highly recommend you check out Dr. Elmore’s latest book Marching Off The Map.