“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – Saint Augustine
We always want evidence. We pride ourselves in data and analytics. We strive to prove “this works and this didn’t.” It is our world – the world of “prove it.”
I ask you, are there things you simply believe about your work? Are there aspects of education that, in your inner core, you know to be true? Do these things supersede the data? If so, what are they?
I have faith in some aspects of how I lead. I don’t have data to tell me that building relationships is essential in leadership. I don’t have statistics to tell me that leaders with character are more effective. I don’t have a spreadsheet or research to inform me that consistency in behavior is important in building trust. Really . . . If someone has done research in these areas they have wasted their time. I have faith – I know these things to be true without reading a book or a research study.
Where is your faith? What do you simply know – in your heart of hearts and soul of souls – to be true about your profession? About your life? There are some things that simply don’t need statistical support – live them.