The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  – Lao Tuzla

 Do you have a lifelong dream or vision?  Is there something that you know is in your future?  It is never too early to take that first step to make your biggest dream come true.  Sure, you probably won’t earn success in a day, week, or even decade.  Taking that first step often begins a longer journey.

When you take the first step, when you take action, you commit to the process.  The path to the destination is often cluttered with obstacles.  It will take work, skill, and persistence to reach the destination.  Take action and start today!

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.  – Confucius

Did you ever notice that the best leaders don’t need to tell you what they’ve done?  Superior leaders don’t need to tell you what they’ve accomplished because you see it.  Their actions are clear; they have succeeded without talking about.

Don’t tell others about your success; be humble and modest.  Let your success speak for itself and your action speak louder than your words.

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.  – Harold S. Green

Great leaders are often skilled communicators.  The ability to listen, to build consensus, and to inspire is required in leadership.

What sets successful leaders apart is the ability to turn words into action.  Leadership isn’t about talking; it’s about doing.  True leaders lead the work – not the talk.

The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts; it gives you what you demand with your actions.

The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts; it gives you what you demand with your actions.  – Dr. Steve Maraboli

 Each of us has the opportunity, the God-given talent, to create a successful, happy future.  Creating your future is up to you. You don’t create through words or thoughts; you build the future with actions.

What do you want to accomplish today?  What is required of you to begin reaching that goal?  Do it.  Don’t talk about it . . . take action.  Your thoughts, your self-talk is the plan.  It takes action to be successful.

Actions are the seeds of fate. Deeds grow into destiny.  – Harry S Truman

Actions are the seeds of fate. Deeds grow into destiny.  – Harry S Truman

 It’s often said that the best things in life take time.  It is unusual for true achievement to come easily or to simply become reality with a wish. We must do the work, put in the effort, and earn success.

Every action we take towards a goal is cultivating the future.  We plant a seed with our first step.  We must tend to that seed with action, care, and purpose to make it our reality. Each of us is responsible for our actions – for the steps we take on the journey to success.

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. – Bo Bennett

 

It is common for people to dream. We dream of everything from the dream job to the vacation house.  We dream of what happiness looks like for our families to what success means in our professional lives.

Our dreams become goals when we take action towards achievement.  That vacation home becomes a goal when a savings account is started to invest for a future purpose.  The next step up the career ladder is taken when we begin the degree program required for promotion.  We strengthen family bonds when we intentionally take action to set aside time with loved ones.

Don’t abandon your dreams when you open your eyes; take purposeful action to start the journey that will make your dreams a new reality.

Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up. – Brené Brown

Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up. – Brené Brown

Our education system isn’t failing all students, but it is clearly failing an unacceptable percentage of the students in our public schools. We have students who thrive in our current model. Students who enter college, the work force, or the military and find tremendous success. Our public schools have built the foundation for the largest economy in the world today. Our public schools have led to our great country being the sole superpower in a global economy.

Our public education system is also partially responsible for a growth gap between the “haves and the have nots.” Never before has the bifurcation of educational success depended so greatly on zip code, family economic status, and school district. The same system that creates an environment where some thrive and grow also cultivates a context where others fail and lose hope.

It’s time for the bravest, most courageous educators to show up. We must be vulnerable, yet resolute in our actions. Legislators and policy makes aren’t going to solve this dilemma; it is up to us. There are not easy solutions; no single person or group has the answers. We must find the right people to show up. Let’s start the conversations