For many years, I’ve focused on how we could make schools better – music schools too. Looked at visions and missions of organizations – what worked, what didn’t and WHY?

For me, the question of “WHY” is at the heart of it all.

Fear enters when there is no “WHY”. The fear of not succeeding, the fear of not knowing, the fear of not moving forward with an idea ….

It’s apparent in current politics. You hear it in the debates, in the ads, in the constant ridicule. Talk is cheap. It’s like “the quo has no status”.

Here’s the quandary:

“There is something I don’t know that I am supposed to know, I don’t know what it is I don’t know and yet I’m supposed to know and I feel I look stupid if I seem both not to know it and not to know what it is I don’t know. Therefore I pretend I know it. This is nerve wracking since I don’t know what I must pretend to know, therefore I pretend to know everything.” (“The Not” by Ronald Lang)

I read this today: Try writing your life’s mission statement in a single sentence.

That will help with our “WHY”.

I reviewed a short mission statement I wrote in a book on August 23, 1999.

That will help me.

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