Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Need Inspired?

I'm not sure how your day was.  Mine was good but it still doesn't hurt to be inspired.  I'm lucky to "work" in a fantastic environment that is alive every single day and you don't have to look very hard to be encouraged.  

My hope for those that are reading this is that you are able to be in a place daily that can lift you up when you need it or takes you even higher if your day is rolling along nicely.  If you're not, maybe see last weeks post (The Fab Five). 

My other hope is that you are in a place daily where you can lift someone else up as well.  If you've been encouraged pay it back by encouraging someone else.  Everyone can always use a little encouragement and you may be the person in line to offer it.  Remember, it costs $0.00 to be a decent human being.

I happened upon a Bridges2Harmony rehearsal a few hours ago and was able to just stand and be encouraged by the amazing talent and passion of this group.  They inspired me and I thank them for that.  Today it was a musical performance.  Tomorrow it may be an athletic practice, something I witness in the hallway, or a conversation with a student, parent, or coach.  Not knowing where the inspiration will come from and who may offer it is what makes each day special. 

Thank You Roosevelt.

Perfect? No.
Always easy? No.
Inspiring? YES!

So...need inspired?  Here's Bridges2Harmony from this year's Winter Concert.

p.s. You're welcome


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Your Fab Five

You are the average of the 5 people 
you spend the most time with. 

Who are the five people you hang around with the most?  Maybe you don't actually physically get to be with them on a day to day basis.  If not, who are the people you text, tweet, or talk to on the phone (what a concept) most frequently? 

Chances are those people help to shape your attitude and the way you view the things that happen to you each and every day.  Are you surrounding yourself with people that are positive?  Are they doing what you are doing or would like to become?  If not, why not? 

One of the first steps in becoming the person or leader that you want to become may be getting out of your own way and making the decision to surround yourself with people that can encourage and help you get there.  The next step will be to follow through with those tough decisions and separating yourself from the people or situations that may be holding you back. 

I often told athletes that the people you have to stay away from are the people who are happy with average and don't want to step out to take the risk or do the work to get better.  When you step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to grow it's scary and there will always be people who will tell you it's not worth it. 

My encouragement is to get away from those types of people and get them out of your five.  You don't deserve them and they don't deserve you.  

You can not change
around you.

But you can change
the people you choose
to be around...