If I were to ask the question: “Do you want to grow?” How would YOU respond?
I believe it would be a resounding yes, I want to grow! But the truth of the matter is that for most of us, we avoid any form of pressure because we don’t want to feel uncomfortable. You see, we have been taught that comfort is a place to be desired and strived for.
I would like to introduce a new thought today.
In John Maxwell’s 15 Laws of Growth, the Law of the Rubber Band, he says: “True life begins at the end of our comfort zone and we arrive there by stretching.”
When it comes to tension and stretching, a rubber band is a great example.
Rubber bands are ONLY useful when they are stretched. You would not be where you are professionally, and who you are personally, without some form of tension or stretching taking place.
For many, the thought is, when I graduate from college and...
I believe that consistency wins over intensity.
Here is what I mean.
Ever jump into a project, diet or other life-changing program with incredible determination and intensity; but after 5-10 days we find that it is more difficult than anticipated and we end up quitting. Allowing our previous habits to win out and overwhelm our new found passion?
Ever say as a principal, I am going to get all of my observations (10) done this week. Then on Friday realizing you barely completed two.
The feeling of guilt, disappointment or blame overwhelms the need for true reflection and growth.
“Well, I got a lot done.” “Well, we had those issues with the angry parents.” “We had two birthdays, I couldn’t not eat the cake!” “It was a long week, exercise just didn’t fit in the schedule.”
We blame everything from the program to our genetics.
At the end, choosing what is comfortable or easy over the change we so...
Communicating the desire for the "new" normal has significant impact on not only your morale, but those you lead can have a significant impact on morale, working conditions.
I have spent some time this week reflecting on my experiences hearing folks wanting and wishing for the "new" normal.
Watch or listen to the lesson to get a better understanding of what this person is actually saying and how it is impacting the low morale on your team or in your school.
I offer multiple strategies that I know will work (I use them) to help you and your team be in a better place emotionally and physically!
I believe that being “busy” is the slow death of the school leader.
Being “busy” cannibalizes the things that you should be doing.
Being “busy” causes us to focus on the wrong things.
Being “busy” minimizes productivity.
Being “busy” can actually cost you time, money and progress towards your goals.
As a principal, and now business owner, I am extremely active when it comes to work.
I look busy. I act busy. People definitely think I am busy because that’s typically how they acknowledge me when they call or see me, “I know you’re busy so thanks for taking my call.”
But what has been brought to my awareness recently is that being busy creates empathy.
Other people empathize with being busy, because we have all been there.
When you communicate busy - people affirm your busyness. Most of the time when you ask someone “how are you?”