with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind! My favorite coach, Jim Harbaugh, brought the phrase with him to Ann Arbor upon his return. It reminds me of many things as I walk in my leadership role:
- The only thing we are promised is right here, right now. Approaching each day with enthusiasm and a focus on working with each other to create exceptional learning for all students creates a powerful culture that will provide incredible results for our kids.
- We are given a choice daily. We can go through the motions and waste the time we are given or we can focus on getting better which includes trying new things, learning from mistakes, and asking ourselves “is this really the most effective way to facilitate learning for all students or is it just the way we have always done it?” If it is the best way, great! Get better at doing it. If it is not, abandon it and try something different!
- The most important part of our journey in life and in our work is the journey! When you look back at accomplishments and successes, it is the daily grind of improving your craft and working with others to collectively get better that is remembered. I think back to my days as an athlete and a coach. The days I remember aren’t championships won but rather the day to day practice of honing my skills, working to improve, and most importantly the daily grind and improvement shared with my teammates! I often told the players I coached that what you want to say down the road is “Boy we worked hard collectively, got better each day, and had a whole bunch of fun enjoying the journey together!” I want my life and career to be the same way!
We have the most amazing teachers and students anywhere! My daily journey reminds me of this as I travel from building to building. So I ask .., why would we not want to approach our daily grind with an enthusiasm to make each day the best day ever? After all, it is the only day that we are promised on this Earth. Let’s work hard collectively, get better, and have a whole bunch of fun enjoying our journey in our wonderful community!!