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Very good words of advise from a mom to her kids.
–Thanks, Renae
Some of the life lessons I hope my kids learn from sports…
  1. Life is not fair. No matter how hard you work or how much you want to win, sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. You are not a gladiator; you will not die from losing.
  2. Coaches (like teachers, bosses, etc) usually have favorites and or know some other player’s family, etc. Get over it. You cannot change that. Do your best and move on.
  3. Referees (judges, bosses, parents, and anyone else that settles disputes) are human. They make mistakes, they possibly might make a bad call based on their mood, they might have bad information, they might not understand the rules. Get over it. Accept the decision and get on with the game.
  4. You are special. But you are not irreplaceable. No matter how great you are, there is someone else who can play third base, run a forklift, manage a budget, or complete the project. You have to earn your position (whether or not you believe anyone else has earned theirs) and keep earning it. Quit if you must, but do not think the sun will not rise without you.
  5.  Some people are born with more talent at various things than you, and some with less. But everyone can raise their level of performance through hard work and practice.
  6. No matter how good you are at what you do, odds are there is someone in the world better at it than you. That does not mean you cannot enjoy what you do.
  7. Bragging about yourself makes you look ridiculous.
  8. You do not have to understand WHY you have to do something. If your coach (parent, teacher, boss) tells you to do something, just do it. They probably do have a reason, and you will probably understand it as time goes by. But if you don’t, so what? Just make peace with not being in control of everything at every second and keep going.
  9. Win or lose, fair or not fair, do your best. The members of your team (family, co-workers, clients) deserve your best. You would hope the same from them.
  10. Ragging on your teammates or trash-talking the officials or opponents will not help anything, and it WILL make you look like a crybaby.
  11. Learn from your mistakes. Even better learn from the mistakes of others. Both are opportunities for you to improve your game.
  12. Finish strong. Even if you seem to be 20 points behind with a minute left on the clock, the game is not over until it’s OVER.

Positive Energy For 2016

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Attitude, choice, Energy, Reflection

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This is a repost of one of my posts from two years ago. As the end of 2015 and a new year approaches, this is the perfect time for me to reflect, make some adjustments and changes, and make 2016 a great year

The following post is a summary of The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. It is an easy read and it also gives us easy to follow strategies to make our lives better by being more positive and having more positive energy

The Energy Bus follows George, who is forced to ride the bus to work because of a flat tire on his car. George meets a unique bus driver and an interesting cast of fellow bus riders who, over the course of two weeks share the 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. In the process, they help George turn around his life at home and at work.

It all begins with positive energy. No one goes through life untested and positive energy is what is needed to overcome these obstacles we all face in life. Positive People and Positive Teams produce Positive Results — and the essential ingredient is POSITIVE ENERGY.

As he begins his journey of transformation from riding the Energy Bus, George meets the driver, Joy, who is instrumental in changing his life. She, along with the other passengers, give George (and us) 10 rules that will change his life (and ours) forever. It’s all about the positive energy we get from these ten rules.

Rule #1 — You’re the Driver of Your Bus

People feel like they don’t have a choice so they give up. But you do have a choice! Take the wheel and choose to create the life you want … one thought, one belief, one action, one choice at a time. It starts with a decision — decide what you want. Then YOU start creating it. Create your world.

My vision for my life is (including my health) is …
My vision for my work, career, job, and team is …
My vision for my relationship and family is …
It all starts with these three statements and the ENERGY to think about it and to identify what you want.

Rule # 2 — Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction

Joy, the bus driver, shares this important piece of wisdom. The more you focus on something, the more you think about it, the more it shows up in our lives. Again, there is energy in thought. Spend your time thinking about what you want rather than what you don’t want. Don’t complain. Complaining is focusing on the negative.

Be a Winner, Not a Whiner!

Rule # 3 — Fuel Your Ride With Positive Energy

There is power in positive energy! It is important. Positive energy will keep your bus moving forward with momentum. As you know, there is a lot of negativity in the world, so choosing positive energy is important to help deal with the negative people and negative situations that can knock you off course.

One passenger on The Energy Bus named Danny shares this formula: E + P = O

“E” stands for “events” in your life. “P” stands for “perception” (and it also could stand for “positive” energy). “O” stands for “outcome”.

You can’t control all the events in your life, but you can control how you perceive them. Your perception can control the outcome.

Remember this, positive energy and positive people create positive results.

Rule # 4 — Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead

You cannot always do things by yourself. You need a good team. You need to get like-minded people on your bus, and the more positive people you get, the more positive energy will be created. Share your vision and make it clear what you expect.

Rule #5 — Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Don’t Get on Your Bus

The enemy is negativity and it’s everywhere. How do you deal with it? Simple. Don’t worry about it. Don’t waste your energy on it. The more you worry about it, the less positive energy you will have.

Rule #6 — Post a Sign That Says: NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED

Surround yourself with a positive support team. These people will have a big influence on your life and whether it’s successful or not. You want people around you who will INCREASE your energy not DRAIN your energy (energy vampires). You have to be strong enough to let people know that negativity is not allowed.

Rule #7 — Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During The Ride

Positive energy works. It spreads one person at a time. You need to be the CEO – Chief Energy Officer. The CEOs are excited, positive, and optimistic. They don’t let fear stop them. When you are enthusiastic, people will want to get on your bus. People notice it. People feel it — energy and enthusiasm. This is like a beacon of energy coming from your heart. It’s real. And when you are energized, others will be energized. A positive culture will out perform a negative culture every time.

Rule #8 — Love Your Passengers

To tap into the power of your heart and lead with a positive, contagious energy, you must love your passengers. You have to love your employees, your customers, and your family. And, you have to share that love. You have to let people know that you care about them…really care about them. When you do this, you’ll get love back.

Let your people use their gifts, their strengths. Allow them to do what they do best. Bring out the best in others, and by doing this, it brings out the best in you.

Rule #9 — Drive with Purpose

Purpose is the ultimate fuel for your journey through life. When you drive with purpose, you don’t get tired, bored, or burned out. Find excitement in the mundane, the passion in the everyday, and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Find your purpose and share it. This is positive energy.

Rule #10 — Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride

Don’t focus on what stresses you. That’s no fun. Know that you are too blessed to be stressed. Remember all of the things you are thankful for because this feeling of gratitude will fuel your performance everyday. It is uplifting. Live and work like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Be optimistic. Be positive. Find Joy!

Everything happens for a reason and we don’t necessarily know why. Life is a test. Adversity helps us grow. Negative events and negative people teach us what we don’t want so we can focus our energy on what we do want. There will always be challenges and problems and we must face each challenge and problem with a positive outlook. Learn from the past and don’t focus on the future — focus on the path. Experience Joy in everything you do and everywhere you go.

Frustrated

Posted: March 1, 2015 in Attitude, choice, Leadership
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Bang Head Here

Have you ever gotten frustrated?  I know, that’s a dumb question because we all have.  I guess the better question is How do you deal with Frustration?  Do you keep on doing the same thing hoping it will get better or change or do you do something different?

We (teachers, administrators, parents, students) all get frustrated from time to time … this is a given.  How we deal with this frustration determines if we will end up being successful or not.  We can blame others or we can look at ourselves and our actions.  We can’t control what someone else does … we can only control our what we do.

So here’s the challenge to myself — look at what I can do differently to get the results I want.

It’s really that simple.

Learning is Fun

Posted: June 10, 2014 in choice, Learning
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Learnign is fun

 

 

I had two teachers today email and text me numerous times with excitement about what they were doing.  They were learning and were fired up about it!   They chose their own professional development and will get more from what they learned about today because it was something they wanted to do.  There were no mandates.  There were no directives.  There were no state-required trainings.  Today was all about choice.  For these two teachers, today was all about learning!

For me, today was also fun.  Getting the emails and texts with their excitement was fun.  I could tell that they were having fun today as well.

What about you…..did you have fun learning today?

 

 

Texas Graduation

 

When they enter high school next school year, all current 8th graders in Texas will be under a new graduation plan called The Foundation Plan.  In addition, each student will have to choose an Endorsement (students may be able to get multiple endorsements) from the following areas:

  1. Business & Industry
  2. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  3. Arts & Humanities
  4. Multidisciplinary
  5. Public Services

All students will take the required courses from The Foundation Plan along with certain courses that will satisfy the requirements for the Endorsements and they will graduate with at least 26 credits.  Students, along with their parents/guardians, are required to meet with the high school counselors and determine in writing which endorsement they want to get.  It is also important to note that this choice of endorsements is not set in stone and can be changed by the students and parents.

We have been working with the Texas Education Agency, various Education Service Centers, and other school districts to put together a plan for what we will be able to offer at Ore City High School.   We are now ready to present to the parents and to the students so they can make informed decisions about their future.   We will set a date in the very near future to have a series of meetings with parents and students to discuss this new graduation plan and each endorsement that we will be offering at Ore City High School.

The following information is what I will be using when we have our meetings. Click on this link –>  Ore City High School Foundation Plan with Endorsements

I am including it in this post so you will be able to look it over and get a preview of the new information for The Foundation Plan and each Endorsement for Ore City High School.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS INFORMATION IS SPECIFIC TO ORE CITY HIGH SCHOOL.  Each school has to determine what it will be able to offer, and not all schools will offer the same endorsements and the same pathways to get the endorsement.

I am fully aware that this will be somewhat confusing and you will have many questions, especially for those of you who have students in high school now or had students already go through our high school.   Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.  My goal is to make this as easy of a transition as possible for both the students and the parents.

Although this is a completely new graduation plan, I really believe that it is good for all students.  As you know, all students are different and have different interests and this gives them choices and flexibility.  I am excited about the opportunities this new graduation plan offers.

 

I got an email today of a tweet that had a simple, yet powerful question …

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Great question!

Would you want to be a student in your classroom?

Just for the fun of it, let’s add some more questions to it …

  • Would you want to be a teacher in your school?
  • Would you want to be a player on your team?
  • Would you want to be your child?
  • Would you want to be your spouse?

Would you?

Think about this for a moment …  What if the answer is NO?

What do you need to do to get the answer to be YES?

I can’t tell you what you should do.  But, if you take some serious self-reflection, I bet you can come up with some good answers, some ways you can improve at whatever it is you need to do to be a better teacher, administrator, coach, parent, spouse.

Self Reflection 2

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The first book I have read from My Summer Reading List is The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon (@JonGordon11).  This book follows George, who is forced to ride the bus to work because of a flat tire on his car.  George meets a unique bus driver and an interesting cast of fellow bus riders who, over the course of two weeks share the 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy.  In the process, they help George turn around his life, his team at work, and his marriage.

It all begins with positive energy.  No one goes through life untested and positive energy is what is needed to overcome these obstacles we all face in life.  Positive People and Positive Teams produce Positive Results — and the essential ingredient is POSITIVE ENERGY.

As he begins his journey of transformation from riding the Energy Bus, George meets the driver, Joy, who is instrumental in changing his life.  She, along with the other passengers, give George (and us) 10 rules that will change his life (and ours) forever.  It’s all about the positive energy we get from these ten rules.

Rule #1 — You’re the Driver of Your Bus

People feel like they don’t have a choice so they give up.  But you do have a choice!  Take the wheel and choose to create the life you want … one thought, one belief, one action, one choice at a time.  It starts with a decision — decide what you want.  Then YOU start creating it.  Create your world.

  1. My vision for my life is (including my health) is …
  2. My vision for my work, career, job, and team is …
  3. My vision for my relationship and family is …

It all starts with these three statements and the ENERGY to think about it and to identify what you want.

Rule # 2 — Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction

Joy, the bus driver, shares this important piece of wisdom.  The more you focus on something, the more you think about it, the more it shows up in our lives.  Again, there is energy in thought.  Spend your time thinking about what you want rather than what you don’t want.  Don’t complain.  Complaining is focusing on the negative.

Be a Winner, Not a Whiner!

Rule # 3 — Fuel Your Ride With Positive Energy

There is power in positive energy!  It is important.  Positive energy will keep your bus moving forward with momentum.  As you know, there is a lot of negativity in the world, so choosing positive energy is important to help deal with the negative people and negative situations that can knock you off course.

One passenger on The Energy Bus named Danny shares this formula:  E + P = O

“E” stands for “events” in your life.  “P” stands for “perception” (and it also could stand for “positive” energy).  “O” stands for “outcome”.

You can’t control all the events in your life, but you can control how you perceive them.  Your perception can control the outcome.

Remember this, positive energy and positive people create positive results.

Rule # 4 — Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead

You cannot always do things by yourself.  You need a good team.  You need to get like-minded people on your bus, and the more positive people you get, the more positive energy will be created.  Share your vision and make it clear what you expect.

Rule #5 — Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Don’t Get on Your Bus

The enemy is negativity and it’s everywhere.  How do you deal with it?  Simple.  Don’t worry about it.  Don’t waste your energy on it.  The more you worry about it, the less positive energy you will have.

Rule #6 — Post a Sign That Says: NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED

Surround yourself with a positive support team.  These people will have a big influence on your life and whether it’s successful or not.  You want people around you who will INCREASE your energy not DRAIN your energy (energy vampires).  You have to be strong enough to let people know that negativity is not allowed.

Rule #7 — Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During The Ride

Positive energy works.  It spreads one person at a time.  You need to be the CEO – Chief Energy Officer.  The CEOs are excited, positive, and optimistic.  They don’t let fear stop them.  When you are enthusiastic, people will want to get on your bus.  People notice it.  People feel it — energy and enthusiasm.  This is like a beacon of energy coming from your heart.  It’s real.  And when you are energized, others will be energized.  A positive culture will out perform a negative culture every time.

Rule #8 — Love Your Passengers

To tap into the power of your heart and lead with a positive, contagious energy, you must love your passengers.  You have to love your employees, your customers, and your family.  And, you have to share that love.  You have to let people know that you care about them…really care about them.  When you do this, you’ll get love back.

Let your people use their gifts, their strengths.  Allow them to do what they do best.  Bring out the best in others, and by doing this, it brings out the best in you.

Rule #9 — Drive with Purpose

Purpose is the ultimate fuel for your journey through life.  When you drive with purpose, you don’t get tired, bored, or burned out.  Find excitement in the mundane, the passion in the everyday, and the extraordinary in the ordinary.  Find your purpose and share it.  This is positive energy.

Rule #10 — Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride

Don’t focus on what stresses you.  That’s no fun.  Know that you are too blessed to be stressed.  Remember all of the things you are thankful for because this feeling of gratitude will fuel your performance everyday.  It is uplifting.  Live and work like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Be optimistic.  Be positive.  Find Joy!

 

 

Everything happens for a reason and we don’t necessarily know why.  Life is a test.  Adversity helps us grow.  Negative events and negative people teach us what we don’t want so we can focus our energy on what we do want.  There will always be challenges and problems and we must face each challenge and problem with a positive outlook.  Learn from the past and don’t focus on the future — focus on the path.  Experience Joy in everything you do and everywhere you go.