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One Word

I’ve been off from work/school going on two weeks now. (It’s great getting two weeks off every year for Christmas and New year’s !!!) I’ve been really thinking a lot about writing a new post for this blog for a while, even before Christmas Break. I’ve had a few ideas, but I really never just sat down and took the time to actually put the words down.  I have been reading tweets everyday and stalking around on Instagram.  I’ve been going back over some of my older posts in this blog.  I’ve been staying up late at night and sleeping in late in the mornings.  I’ve been watching a lot of good football games.  I went to ATT Stadium in Arlington and watch some great Texas High School Football State Championship games. I watched some great College football bowl games too.  And for what it’s worth, I am glad to finally see a college football playoff format that the National Champion will be determined on the field rather than from computer rankings.

I’ve been doing a lot of different things but nothing really productive.

Just the other day was January 1, 2015. I read a lot about resolutions, etc. from many people.  But I didn’t make one. I wanted to.  I actually thought of many different things I am going to do differently this year, but I still didn’t make a resolution.

This morning I was sitting on my couch watching East Carolina and Florida play in The Birmingham Bowl. (I still can’t get over some of the bowl games that are played AFTER the major bowl games!!) As I was watching this game I was creating a “Back to School’ post on my school blog called Preparations for the Second Semester.  Within this post, I posed the question:  If you could choose one word that describes what you want to do in 2015, what would that word be? I asked my faculty and staff to email or text me their One Word.

Then tonight as I was going through my twitter feed, and came across a tweet from Tia Henriksen, a K-7 Principal from Langley, BC.  (You can follow her on twitter @TiaHenriksen).  In this tweet was the following video and it really says it all. There’s nothing else I need to add to it.

It’s funny how some things happen.  This video goes right along with my question I asked my faculty and staff this morning.

I saved it to my Pocket account and now I want to share it with you.  I hope you enjoy.

By the way, my One Word for 2015 is FOCUS.

What’s yours?  Please leave a comment and share.

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.

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My heart goes out to the victims and their families from Boston.  I pray for quick recoveries and emotional healing as everyone tries to recover from this senseless tragedy.  We live in a world today where violence is everywhere … just look at the news as they report on the explosions at the Boston Marathon.  I understand that it’s their job; however, I know that there are positive stories intertwined within all of the negative stories.  I would hope that people can focus on these positives while at the same time not downplaying or forgetting what happened.

As I was coming to school this morning, I was thinking about how one person can do something bad and that is all that we talk about.  We forget (or ignore) all the good.  I am guilty of doing this.  I fail to recognize all the good that goes on at my school on a daily basis.  I really need to apologize for this.  I am fortunate to have a great faculty and staff and great students, but I don’t do enough for them to let them know how great I think they are.  I tend to focus on the small percentage that is the negative.  Every organization has its good and bad, and in my case, I tend to only focus on the bad.  Why do I do this?  I don’t know, but what I do know is that I need to change.  I need to recognize and publicize the good more.  I can’t ignore the bad, but I have to put the good first.

As we move forward from this tragedy in Boston, lets all try to do a little more good today that we did yesterday.  Lets all try to positively recognize more people today than we did yesterday.  Lets try to not focus on what’s wrong with something instead lets focus on what’s right.

Lets make today better than yesterday, and then tomorrow better than today. 

 

good not bad

Just watch the news tonight.  It doesn’t matter if it is your local news channel,  Fox News, or CNN, you will see something negative.   I’m not in the “news” business so I can’t say why they choose to focus on the negative stories, but sometimes, very rarely, they do have a positive story to share.

Here’s a story that will touch your heart.  I hope that it affects you like it did me.

 

 

This is just a simple act, but it proves that there is good in the world — that there is Something Positive … In a World Full of Negatives !!

 

 

Are you

Are you …

  1. Motivated?
  2. Confident?
  3. Reliable?
  4. Encouraging?
  5. Enthusiastic?
  6. Industrious?
  7. Focused?
  8. Resourceful?
  9. Open-minded?
  10. Determined?
  11. Persistent?
  12. Ambitious?
  13. Passionate?
  14. Driven?
  15. Positive?

Well …

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Perception is Reality

Perception is Reality!  Even if it’s not correct.

If the perception people have of you is one of negativity, then that means you are negative.  For whatever reason, people perceive you as a negative person or perceive that you have a negative attitude.  It really doesn’t matter … perception is reality!

We always hear about being positive and avoiding the negative.  For some people it is easy.  For others, it’s almost impossible.  It really isn’t impossible, but it seems that way.

How can you change (or at least positively adjust) your negative attitude?

You must first look at yourself and recognize that there is a problem.  Look at your environment.  Who do you associate with mostly?  Are you a Lounge Lizard?  Are you the one who constantly bad-mouths everything?  Do you find yourself always looking for the bad and never seeing the good?

Are you the “Bad Apple” ? (One bad apple spoils the whole bunch!!)  That person, the Bad Apple, can affect the whole group or have a negative impact on the whole organization.  Negativity breeds negativity … just like success builds success.

Once you’ve identified yourself (or someone else!) as the Bad Apple, you can begin the process of changing your attitude / fixing the problem. You are making the choice to replace the negative with a positive.  Begin to look for the positives and the good in every situation.  It may be hard (especially at first) but you can do it.  Be the optimist not the pessimist!

It’s not easy to alleviate a negative attitude.  It won’t happen overnight.  It will take a conscious effort to be more positive.  It takes determination.  And you have to have patience.

Remember this quote from Winston Churchill —–

attitude is a little thing

Do you want to be perceived as negative or positive?  Do you want your organization to be perceived as negative or positive?

  • A positive outlook is a great thing to have!
  • A positive environment is a great thing to have!
  • A positive person is a great thing to be!

How is your outlook?  How is your environment?  How is your attitude?  Are you a positive person?  What is the perception people have of you?  Does it need to change?

Remember — Perception is Reality!