do we make a positive difference? Many people today seem to be out for
themselves, 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.
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
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.