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How do we make a positive difference?  Many people today seem to be out for Dr. John Klinethemselves, yet I am privileged to teach a large number of students at Troy University, train and consult with people from state and federal government agencies, and speak to many from the business and corporate world who seek to be make a positive difference—servant leaders who want to help others and the organizations to which they belong. 

The answer to making a difference lies in paying attention to the three Domains of Learning.  In 1956, distinguished educational psychologist Dr. Benjamin Bloom raised awareness of the Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor domains.  Yet as far back as 1887 the Troy University motto has been to: "Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act."  The truth is all human activity has always depended on thinking, feeling, and doing.

First, we must think about making a difference; that is, we must consciously seek to know and understand; and then use our knowledge and experience to make a difference.  Real difference makers are always learning by reading, analyzing, and evaluating the effects they and others have in various environments.

Second, we must analyze our own feelings.  We must be honest about our motives and understand our attitudes before we attempt to influence others. Socrates’ dictum of “Know Thyself” is important. Understanding why we want to do something and what we want the result to be is crucial.

Third, we must ask: “What will we do about making a difference?  A good intention without implementation remains an idea without accomplishment.  Roads to undesirable places are paved with good intentions. 

If we pay attention to what we think, feel, and do; then we can make a significant positive difference in our community, our state, our nation, and our world.

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama

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