Posts tagged #motivation

You Have The Power!

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Poverty stricken homes.
Violent neighborhoods
Teenage pregnancies.
High dropout rates.
A community without hope.

Do any of the above descriptors resonate with you in relation to the students you teach? As educators embark, or in some cases, continue with the first weeks of a new school year, two types of emotions are usually invoked. One is of excitement, while the other is that of indifference.

Excitement because a brand-new school year brings new opportunities for teachers to make a difference in the lives of students. Additionally, for some, there’s the thrill of implementing that new classroom decorating theme found on Pinterest. You know who you are!

However, for others, there’s indifference. A lack of interest and concern. Simply, an “I don’t care” attitude. There are myriad reasons for this feeling, some of which may include; heavy workloads and demands that seem to increase each academic year, lack of parent involvement, and challenging student behavior.

I don’t know where you stand. My guess because you are reading this is that you want what’s best for students, and although you know the school year will have its shares of ups and downs, you are committed to a cause that’s bigger than you. For you, the statement, “It’s about doing what’s best for the kids,” really is genuine.

Recently, I watched a video which highlighted the impact made by Dr. Tiffany Anderson in the Jennings School District. You can watch the 6-minute clip below. I want to emphasize on this statement from Dr. Anderson:

“Zip code should not determine the quality of education.”

Your students may not be raised in safe and loving homes that assert the importance of education, both inside and outside of school. Their reality could be going home to grim and dreary neighborhoods. Therefore, some of them will enter your schools with anxiety, anger, and apathy. You can’t control that.

What you can control is the quality of education that you provide them during the hours of the day that they are with you.

What you can do is exalt their minds and open them up to endless opportunities.

What you can take charge of is raising the expectations you have for them.  

Their social class, parents’ level of education, or race/ethnicity should not determine the level of expectations you have for them.

All students are capable of excelling in life. Some students just need that person who is willing to help them discover their hidden potential and show them the strength that lies within them.

You have the power to make a positive impact. Regardless of trials and challenges that you will face this school year, you can make a difference!

Believing in you,
A.C.

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Keep Standing!

Challenges exist for a reason...
and that reason is not to keep you from what you want to achieve. They exist to reveal how much you want something, to determine whether or not you want it badly enough to endure whatever it takes to earn it.

I understand that this will not be easy. I have certainly had days when I woke up and, even though the sun had risen and shone through my window, I could not see it because the shadow cast by the difficulties I was facing loomed far too largely.

In those moments, life seemed bleak, and my vision for the future was blurred.  Amidst those temporary lapses, however, my belief that the grandest things lay just on the other side of my tribulations, urged me to hold on...to stand by my purpose.

What great things will you accomplish if you just hold on tight to your dreams?
Whose life will you impact today if you truly grasp the great opportunity that is in front of you?
How will you impact those around you knowing that you are here for a greater purpose? 

Don't let your mission in life be derailed by failure, criticism or discouragement.
Stand by your purpose.

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The Journey of Success, Part VII, Create Opportunity

Last week I tweeted the following:

 Opportunities don’t always knock. Sometimes you have to create them.

By now, I wish I had a calendar full of speaking engagements, but I know they’re coming. Though there have been leads that I haven’t booked, I know someone’s waiting.  When things don’t go as planned, it’s easy to lose focus and ask questions such as:

What do I do now?

What did I do wrong?

What must I work on?  

Personally, for me I ask myself, not why, but what now?

What can I do now to quench the thirst I have that knows I was chosen to share my story to touch and impact many lives?

Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

I wasn’t born just to speak, but also to empower. I wasn’t born just to entertain and make people laugh with my style of speaking; I was born to inspire. I wasn’t born to follow the crowd into mediocrity. I was born to blaze new trails and lead others to do the same.

I know the reason why I am alive! Which is why, I can have a bad day where I am knocked down. In fact, the referee may even be close to counting me out, but right before he is able to ring the bell, I am back on my feet.

I am a fighter. I know one door closing doesn’t mean another one won’t open. I have to keep knocking. I have to keep working. I have to keep believing.

The greatest enemy you will ever fight is yourself.  You will doubt yourself, question your abilities and have moments when you don’t believe in your talent.

Don’t quit. The opportunities you are waiting for may not magically appear. Some you will have to create. Others you will have to claw and fight for.

The past two weeks, I spoke to twenty groups of students.  Four days of sharing one of my keynote messages for five straight hours. It was physically draining because I made sure my delivery and enthusiasm was at its best for each group.

Last Friday, however, I was dealing with a severe head cold and my entire body ached. I didn’t think I was going to make it through five sessions, but I did. As I took the microphone and shared my message, I was strengthened. There is something invigorating about living life with purpose.

I’m not going to sit around and wait for opportunities to arrive. I will create them.

If I really believe my purpose is to empower and help people, I will find an audience and do so. It doesn’t matter if I speak to 5, 45 or 4500 people, I know my purpose and I will live like it. 

Do you know why you were born? Do you know why God created you?

You have a purpose.

If it’s to write a book, stop wasting time and write it.

If it’s to record an album, find the resources and do it.

If it’s to start a business, get your finances in order and start it.

If it’s to graduate from college, be diligent with your studies and obtain the degree.

Whatever your purpose is, create the opportunities today to help you achieve it.

Posted on October 3, 2014 and filed under Blogs.