We all need guardrails to keep balance in our lives.

We all need guardrails to keep balance in our lives.

Guardrails are on dangerous, curvy roads to keep cars from hurling off the side of a mountain. They are intentionally put in places that are dangerous . . . that have a higher risk of going off the road.

There are times, moments in our lives when we need guardrail because we are at risk from skidding off into the abyss. Guardrails are intentionally, specifically put in place to keep us on the road . . . to keep us on the path required for success.

For me, these guardrails are the people, the angels, in my life. Each of us must have honest, trusting, loving people to serve as guardrails for us. These are the folks who care enough to tell us when we are heading towards that cliff. We must all be mindful of these people, these guardrails, and be willing to listen. We must also step-up and serve as guardrails for others. Embrace the discomfort of having a difficult conversation . . . do what is difficult, yet required of us.

Your only competition is in the mirror. You need to be the best version of you.

Your only competition is in the mirror. You need to be the best version of you.

Our social media world, the false reality created by 10 second moments of euphoria, distracts many people from the reality that all we can control is ourselves. Life isn’t about creating posts for Instagram or Snapchat. Life can’t be about creating the perfect “picture” to share on a stream or thread. The only competition we have is internal . . . it’s personal.

I can’t compare my life, my worth, with the snapshots other choose to share. I need to be the best version of me – that’s all I can control. My best version helps others become the best they can be . . . that’s what real leadership demands each and every day.

Don’t spend today creating a false reality to match the false realities posted or promoted by others. Spend today being a better version of you . . . that is where you really make a difference

Greatness doesn’t come in isolation. When times get tough, we come together – that’s where we find power.

Greatness doesn’t come in isolation. When times get tough, we come together – that’s where we find power.

We are faced with new challenges, with unpredictable events, each and every day. From confronting the senseless proliferation of hate and intolerance in society today, to addressing the real issues that impact people’s lives, we are always stronger together. The Power of the Team is where greatness happens.

No one is immune to challenges or hardships; everyone deals with hurt, anger, and frustration. The most optimistic people in the world have off days . . . they struggle with the realities of life. What makes us better, where we find our power, is when we work together. The positive energy of support and love is required for the work we do

Slogans without actions are just empty words.

Slogans without actions are just empty words.

It is easy to have posters on the walls and to use catch phrases in written material.  Many organizations have a vision and mission statement hanging on the wall or stuck in a drawer.  Real culture isn’t the words posted or written.  Real culture is in our action and behavior.  When the rubber hits the road, when opposition turns up the heat, we must act with purpose and be steadfast to the culture we desire.

We are focused on the whole child; we know that academic preparation must be matched by social-emotional preparation.  We intentionally create opportunities to level the playing field for all students, regardless of socioeconomic, religious, or ethnic background.  We live our mission; we work to ensure that each and every student is Ready for Tomorrow.