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As a teacher, we are constantly asking our students to set goals for themselves.  We rarely keep in mind that we should also set goals.  Lifelong learning is absolutely something that teachers preach and do, but it isn't often that we set big goals for ourselves.

At the Calgary Google Summit this past summer, the term "big scare" was used.  What is your next "big scare"?  This simply was asking, what is the next goal you are going to work towards that might take you out of your comfort zone?  Mine this summer was doing a keynote.  I did it, felt great about it, and now I will do a second one in Las Vegas in January!

My next goal after that was to apply to the Google Innovator Academy that was being held in Toronto in October.  It was to be the first Canadian Innovator Academy at Google offices in Toronto, and getting in would be such an accomplishment.  I applied and I got in!  If you read my previous blog posts, I explain how amazing the experience was, and the takeaways I got from it.

So, I keep goal setting.  My next personal goal is to apply to become a Google Certified Trainer.  I passed my Trainer Essentials exam the other day, so now I have to put together a video and demonstrate a Google tool in a screencast.  If I can become a Google Trainer, my Google certifications will be complete.  I will be satisfied in knowing that this past year I have put so much work into furthering myself professionally.

Now - what will my next goal be?

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