I also used this approach when the Common Core standards were introduced. I knew that it was going to include lots of work to embed all those standards into my work so I chose to sign up for a university course related to the standards. The university course not only guided my new standards learning and embedding, but it also gave me a credential that contributed towards a welcome pay raise.
Right now I have a similar big challenge which is to complete my Teacher Leadership Initiative capstone. I know it's going to take some time to summarize a year's work and growth. I want to invest all that time into a skill that's challenging and forward moving like the NBPTS endeavor. Hence, I've decided to couple my efforts with my desire to improve my speaking skills. Hence a large part of my capstone will be much like a Ted Talk.
Think about the teaching/learning expectations and challenges that you have ahead. How might you couple those challenges and expectations with gaining a new skill, connecting to a new group, or earning a new degree or certification. For example one of my sons has a job at a national park this summer. He loves the outdoors and is very curious about the wildlife so I suggested that while he work at the park that he also become an expert on the wildlife there. That's a skill he can use later as he grows his ability to work and lead in nature.
Coupling new learning with change and challenge is a promising way to travel the road to better teaching and learning. Let me know if you have any other thoughts related to this travel guide.