If you would like to accomplish something, you must first expected it from yourself.

If you would like to accomplish something, you must first expected it from yourself.

I get frustrated, sometimes unreasonably so, when I hear high school athletes say, “I know we are going to lose.” I get equally disheartened when a student says, “I am going to fail this test.” The same befuddlement overcomes me when adults predict a negative outcome. This negative self-talk is indubitably a self fulfilling prophecy. If you think you are going to fail . . . you are very likely going to meet your expectations.

If you want to accomplish something, you must first expect it from yourself. You build this confidence by doing the work in preparation for success. It’s not enough to “think you are going to have success” . . . you must be prepared for success. This demands us, with purpose, to do the work in preparation for the accomplishment. Be it offseason preparation or studying for a test, be it investing the time in others or developing a strong team; accomplishment requires preparation. Do the work, and you will not only expect success . . . you will earn it.

The hardest moments in life are transitional moment. Once we identify a new reality we can step up to the challenges.

The hardest moments in life are transitional moment. Once we identify a new reality we can step up to the challenges.

Times of uncertainty create the greatest anxiety and fear. When the familiar is threatened, and we are faced with the unknown, there is a tendency to freeze. There is comfort in familiar; there is apprehension during transition.

We must be intentional in defining moments of transitions. The identification of what’s not going to change is equality critical to change itself. Change provides a tremendous opportunity to improve and live our growth mindset. The world in which we live today rewards those who adjust and adapt with skill. Be intentional about change; identify the new reality quickly and do the work to maintain a positive, growth-oriented mindset.

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.