There is zero risk in going after elite, exceptional performance. All the risk is in being average.

There is zero risk in going after elite, exceptional performance.  All the risk is in being average.  – Brian Kight

 

Elite performance is not based on others . . . It is based on you.  You have a discipline-driven decision to make.  Will you be the average you or the elite you?

 

Your skill and talent doesn’t limit you . . . your personal discipline determines your success.

Great leaders don’t always get great results right away. That’s why their vision, guiding principles, grit, and commitment are so important.

Great leaders don’t always get great results right away.  That’s why their vision, guiding principles, grit, and commitment are so important.  – Jon Gordon

 

What is your vision?  What are your guiding principles?  Are you committed?

 

You aren’t going to get great results right away.  You aren’t going to get great results every time.  It takes the willingness to try.  It takes the commitment to see your work though to conclusion.

 

In fact, it’s bigger than your work.  You are modeling your vision, principles, grit, and commitments to others.  Not only are you, as a leader and as the only person who controls your 20 sq. ft., working on your vision but you are showing others how to intentionally live their lives.

Just because you have a negative thought doesn’t mean you have to believe it. A thought only has power if we give it energy.

Just because you have a negative thought doesn’t mean you have to believe it.  A thought only has power if we give it energy.  – Jon Gordon

 

No one talks to you each and every day more than you.  Your self-talk largely determines your attitude.  You can listen to the negative thoughts – the blame, complain, and defend thoughts that creep into your mind.  You can give energy to the negative . . . you can be your own energy vampire.

 

OR . . . You can hear that negative thought in your self-talk and make a discipline-driven decision.  You can intentionally say “no” in your self-talk.  Don’t give your negative thoughts energy.  It’s natural to have the self-conversation.  It takes discipline to purposefully force the positive to overpower the negative.

 

Optimism is contagious . . . Optimism is a habit that requires repetitions and practice.  Practice optimism . . . Give energy to your optimistic self.

There’s nothing more powerful than a humble person with a servant’s heart and a warrior spirit who is driven by a bigger purpose.

There’s nothing more powerful than a humble person with a servant’s heart and a warrior spirit who is driven by a bigger purpose.  – Brian Kight

 

Our purpose in public education is simple . . . we do what we do to serve our students.  We do what we do to prepare the next generation of American doctors, business leaders, and yes, teachers.  We have a monumental purpose.

 

We do what we do with heart, with passion, and with intentionality.  We work to provide both academic and life skills to our students.  We know we must impart more than books smarts; we must provide life smarts.

 

We will make mistakes.  We won’t get it right every day.  With humility, with a mindset of growth, and with a purpose-driven commitment we will succeed.  Our work is difficult; we are warriors for kids.  We shape the future.

Nine-tenths of discipline is having the patience to do things right.

Nine-tenths of discipline is having the patience to do things right.  – Pat Summit

 

My high school wrestling coach would always say, “you wrestle in matches like you wrestle in practice.”  His point . . . practice right.  When we take shortcuts in our preparations, when we go through the motions, it ultimately shows in our performance.

 

We tell our students, “do the right thing even when no one is watching.”  Rushing to “just finish” an assignment or copying someone’s homework is indisciplined . . . it isn’t the right way to do things.

 

Living a discipline-driven life, living our lives Above the Line, requires that we put in the work . . . it requires that we do things right.  From the Hall of Fame coach to the second grade teacher, it takes patience and commitment to do things right.

We always do better when we are confident, regardless of what we are doing.

We always do better when we are confident, regardless of what we are doing.  – Joe Maddon

 

For me, confidence is the feeling that I am prepared to be successful.  I know that I’ve put in the work – both mental and physical – to do what is required of me in the situation.

 

We are confident because we have both the skill and the mindset.  We aren’t confident because we know we can “rise” to the situation.  We are confident when we know our training has prepared us.  We have thought about the options, we have reviewed predicable outcomes, and we remain focused on our vision.

 

I’m not taking about irrational confidence, but earned confidence.  The confidence in our repetitions, our skills, and our discipline.   This is what sets us apart – we build skill and make a difference.

Positive intensity is a motivator. Negative intensity is a demotivator.

Positive intensity is a motivator.  Negative intensity is a demotivator.  – Tim Kight

 

Positive intensity brings encouraging energy.  Positive energy is inspirational . . . it motivates with confidence.

 

Negative intensity creates fear.  Negative intensity brings doubt . . . it discourages confidence.

 

Our goal is to motivate . . . to bring energy . . . to inspire a passion for growth.  Our goal is to understand that failure isn’t an end, but an opportunity for future growth and improvement.  We must commit to positive intensity – to being discipline in our interactions.