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.
What is getting in the way of your learning or progress? It could very well be your way of thinking, something that we may take for granted. Since the publication of Mindset in 2006, the discussion of how to foster a growth mindset has been a regular topic within educational circles. What seems remarkable in 2015 is that this simple, yet powerful strategy has not been widely incorporated into the curriculum on a consistent basis.