Dealing with being SLT

20 Aug

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This week I have been reading an excellent book by James Hilton dealing with stress and leading schools. I have learnt that sometimes our greatest enemy or barrier to success is ourselves. Past experiences, fear, doubt, or even replaying negative words of others that have been spoken to us can sabotage ideas, goals, and dreams. Here are some of my reflections this week from this book:

We all feel like giving up sometimes.
My own learning-acknowledge these feelings, embrace them, and then do the opposite. This is easier said than done, but each of us has reached major and minor milestones by simply not giving up.

Think about what has made a difference in your life.
Lesson-rely on past actions that led to successes in your life and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. Think about the process and simply apply the lessons learned.

Focus on your achievements, not your faults.
My own learning – we are imperfect humans with a number of faults. Okay, we get it, now move on. Focusing on our blessings of family, friends, a reasonable portion of good health, teammates, and opportunities encourages us to persevere.

Don’t say ‘I’ll do it later.’
My own learning – we are not guaranteed time so whatever your dreams are, write them down, establish a plan, and DO SOMETHING. Better yet, just do something and develop the plan as you go. Excuses are self-destructive and waste time. Replace the, “yeah, buts” with “yes, and.”

I encourage you to read this. It is a must read.

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