Picture this: you’re going through a seminar at school or work. You’re inspired. You take in all in. Your peers are excited and discussion is flowing. You are feeling great and ready to change yourself and the world.
This was me: sitting in a crowded auditorium on a cold, wintry day in March.
I was at a conference learning about the Leader in Me, a school-wide initiative based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I was unbelievably inspired. Not only was I learning about the habits, but I was seeing them in schools across the district. Young students were speaking in front of an auditorium of adults. A 2nd grader showed me his goals for the school year and how he was achieving them. And most of all, the sweetest, friendliest student was greeting teachers at the front door and proudly welcoming them to his school.
How could I not be inspired?
It was only recently, though, that I started my true training on the 7 Habits. It has made me realize the change that has to come from within before I can even begin to show my students these habits. How, maybe, I need to make a change in the way I was living my life. Was I really getting all I wanted out of each day? Was I satisfied with my actions and outcomes?
So, I started to make changes. The vocabulary was constantly flowing through my head. Be proactive and get it done. Put first things first. Begin with the end in mind.
I shared in an earlier post about my planner and how I use it to lay out the essential things, or “big rocks.” I know we all have large To Do lists, but I was making myself overwhelmed and stressed by not finishing everything I had hoped for. Now, I prioritize. I get the essential things done first and save the rest for later. And sometimes, the most essential thing is seeing a friend I haven’t seen in weeks or going to bed extra early.
This has made an unbelievable difference in my life. It’s what helped inspire me to start blogging. It’s how I get so much more done now than I used it. It’s what makes my second year of teaching so much more focused and fun.
I know, I know. This is a lot. And trust me, I’m not saying that learning about the 7 Habits is some sort of miracle. But it has truly got me thinking about what is important in my life and how I can make each day matter.
Sometimes, we all need to stop and think. As I’m writing this post, I am truly going back to the heart of this blog, to be inspired by life’s daily accomplishments. Be a better you not for anyone else, but yourself. And most importantly…