As an educator, late July has always been an exciting time of the year. This is the “educational pre-season” and very soon schools across the country will kick off their own version of training camp for staff. Optimism and idealism are at their peak during this phase of the year as goals are aligned, structures are implemented, and the academic year is set in motion. No matter how positive or organized the start of a school year might be, the inevitable challenges of the year can slow momentum and distract us from our goals or action steps. Given the investment of resources during training camp, that’s a problem worth exploring.
The good is always around us if we discipline our mind to find it. Commit to acknowledge the good you observe in your area of influence at least 80% of the time. Researchers suggest a 5:1 ratio should be our daily goal. Imagine our collective impact with this mindset. People tend to find that which they seek!
One month remains in the 2014-15 school year. Balance is critical to finish the year well and to make the most of our final weeks as a learning community. Seeking out and celebrating the positive things in life contributes to our well-being. Look for opportunities over the next four weeks to encourage colleagues and celebrate success, no matter the size or scope. If we set our minds to seeking the good we will find it. Like Abraham Lincoln said “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Be proactive and seek to restore balance over the next month. Positive thinking can play an important part in that process.