Part of my job as a teacher trainer is to be available to those who are studying - or thinking about studying - to become a teacher. Among the questions I receive most frequently is, "How do I know when I am ready to become a teacher?" A close second is related, "How do I know if I am ready to do this full time?"
When asked the first question, I usually walk people through the objective considerations of the time, energy, and resources necessary to pursue a training. When asked about making teaching a profession, I help them think through the sacrifices and rewards of life on the teaching path. Regrettably, the input most of them are seeking is something I can't provide: a glimpse into the future to see how it all comes together.
All big decisions require a certain level of comfort with uncertainty. Those who have been successful in following their dreams have to be willing to embrace risk. It is a common refrain in the Trailblazers interviews (including one coming up tomorrow!): You will never be 100 percent certain about anything. If you want something, you must choose to take the first step in faith, then the next, and the next.
Where has a lack of certainty prevented you from achieving a goal? What first step can you take today?