The idea of potential is seductive because you never have to leave that fantasy. Âyodeji Awosika, author
“Someday I’ll figure out what I really want to do when I grow up,” says the sixty year old banker, the seventy-five year old grandmother, the thirty year old attorney. The truth is, you probably know what you want to do, who you want to be, you’re just afraid to go there. I might fail, what will other people think, I will disappoint my parents, it will be too much work, I’m too old, I’m too young,
It’s a new year, a new start. Today is the day of all days to unravel the layers of judgment, rationalization, fear, and insecurity that are holding you back. Grab hold of your dream, your wish, your greatest desire and take a step to make it reality. Someday may never come but today is here. Have the courage to live how you want to live and be who you want to be.
Affirmation: I am courageous.
Coaching questions: What do you want to be “when you grow up?” What’s keeping you from going there? What step will you take today to move forward?
When the untapped potential of a student meets the liberating art of a teacher, a miracle unfolds. Mary Hatwood Futrell, educator, activist, and public education reformer.
For an estimated 264 million kids worldwide who should be in school and aren’t, the miracle of full potential may not have the opportunity to unfold. Teaching is one of the most critical, yet under-appreciated, professions.
On this World Teacher Day, I’m celebrating my favorite teacher, my daughter, Katie, shown with me below. She’s a “Kid Whisperer,” one of those people to whom kids gravitate and she’s an inspiring teacher. In the past, Mrs. Vincent, my third grade teacher, made a difference in my life. She was creative and instilled a love of learning—and, she chose me to play, Pansy, a bridesmaid in the class play.
Think of a teacher who made the most profound difference in your life, the one who inspired you to think, to question, to imagine. If possible, send them a note or give them a call to say thank you .
Affirmation: I appreciate those who have taught me through the years.
Coaching questions: Are you being called to help educate children? If you are, call today and volunteer at your local school or become a teacher. It is a rewarding experience you won’t regret. Do you know an teacher? Thank them today.