Everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

Everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. – Andy Rooney

Goals are important. We strive to reach short and long-term goals. We set the top of our mountain and work to reach the summit. We live our personal values and strive to align our professional work with our peers.

While reaching a goal is important, we find joy and happiness in the journey up the precipice.

Have you ever found success in a complex process, only to look back and take more pride in the process than in the destination? The training, learning, and growing are the fuel for our soul and heart.

Take the time to be happy and joyful on the climb . . . it brings clarity to each and every day.

Be so invested in your craft that you don’t have time to listen to the naysayers.

Be so invested in your craft that you don’t have time to listen to the naysayers.  No time for negativity.  You are too busy creating the future!  – Jon Gordon

 

I hope you feel like I do; I hope you get to live your purpose in both your personal and professional lives.  My craft – my personal and professional worlds – are in alignment.  I am confident in my purpose; my confidence fuels my optimism and energizes my positive view of the future.

 

Are you fully invested in your craft?  Do your personal and professional lives align?  You get to create the future.  For educators, not only do we get to create our future but we have the awesome opportunity to shape the future for generations.

 

There isn’t time to get pulled down by naysayers or, as Jon Gordon calls them on The Energy Bus “Energy Vampires.”  Be invested in the calling, be true to your values, and be too busy creating the future.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

 

 

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.  – John Wooden

 

You have the power to determine the outcome.  This doesn’t mean everything is always roses and sunshine.  Yes, there are times that you must make the best out of a challenging situation.  There are also time that you get to make a great situation even better.

 

How you respond will determine the outcome of any event?  As John Wooden reminds us, you get to make the best of the way things turn out.

 

When you are challenged today – when an event causes you to pause and consider your response – remember that you get to make the best of the situation.  It is entirely up to you . . . don’t wait for help or blame others . . . create your own future.

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. – Calvin Coolidge

Our passion for growth requires work. It’s simple . . . we don’t get better just by doing, it takes discipline and effort.

There are some people who look for shortcuts or the easy way out. The easy way doesn’t have the same value on our journey. The path to growth isn’t easy . . . the path to growth requires hard work and determination.

We develop and grow when we work. From personal fitness and working to keep ourselves healthy, to intellectual reflection and discipline to build skill, all growth depends on activity.

We convince by our presence.

 

We convince by our presence.  – Walt Whitman

 

When we have a positive energy, when we have a sense of purpose, when we serve others we convince others simply by our presence.

 

Have you ever been in a room or meeting when one individual is able to lead a positive conversation simply through his or her presence?  When we lead with conviction of purpose and in alignment with our values, we are able to accomplish great things.

 

It isn’t about flashy presentations or complex data tables . . . it is about being present.  It is about leading from the heart, with courage, and with optimism.  No one has ever been inspired by a PowerPoint or Excel Spreadsheet alone . . . it takes the optimistic leader with heart and passion.

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.

 

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.  – Dalai Lama

 

Great leaders make those around them better.

 

Great leaders recognize the strengths and contributions of every member of the team.

 

When we are grateful for our blessings . . . when we live a life of gratitude . . . we naturally serve others with respect.  As leaders – and we are all leaders – we serve others best when we are grateful for the opportunity to be together.

 

Today, intentionally practice gratefulness.  When you do, your relationships will be deeper and your connections will be stronger.

We need to make the positive so loud that the negative is impossible to hear.

 

We need to make the positive so loud that the negative is impossible to hear.  – George Couros

 

Combating negative isn’t about becoming negative ourselves; that is hypocritical.  We combat the negative by doing two things:

 

  • We intentionally act and create positive energy. We know that words are important – and actions are even more important.  We choose our words with purpose and our behavior reflects our values.
  • We choose to empower other optimistic people. We know we are stronger as a team.  Optimism is contagious.  Optimism spreads because our group and organization are dynamic.

 

Don’t permit negative people to monopolize your time or overpower the agenda.  Yes, we will all encounter negative people.  Listen and respond, but do so with positive behavior.