I attended a business men's breakfast over the weekend. It was good to connect with people and network. The thing that stood out the most for me during the talk was the fact we were being challenged to be courageous in our business ventures.
It takes a while for my brain to kick into gear, but I thought that it would be a good challenge for all of us this week to "call on our Courage".
This past week it has been awesome to see how most students have taken the ownership of their studies so early in the year, but I have also noticed that a few students seem to be hanging back as if they are waiting for something or someone to give them a magical answer on how to get it into gear. If I dare add to this that I have also noticed that some of our parents have found themselves with new challenges faces their teenage children and fear to rock the boat.
I have set a challenge for myself this week and it might have to last a bit longer than a week. Lets press pause there for a second and figure out what Courage actually means.
Students - the challenge for you would be to find the "strength" or "boldness" to ask the questions that you have struggled to ask or to even pluck up "braveness" to say that you don't know where to begin. There are people who will help and who can guide you through it. I got so excited last week when a student (girl) came into the office and burst into tears saying she didn't know how to study. It sounds strange that I got excited but she found the courage to say something. Now she will get the information she needs in order to study well.
Parents - I often feel I am treading on toes when giving parents advice, but I feel the need to step out with a bit of "audacity" here to say your challenge is to be brave when your child asks to do something that you know will cause harm. The word NO must have been created by a parent who wanted to save their kids. Remember when your child was a curious toddler and they started heading towards the electrical plug socket on the wall to put their finger in the hole. What was your response ....... A loud cry ...... NOOOOoooooooo!!!!!!!! You did not want any harm to come to them. Call on you courage to set firm boundaries and rules. Kids function well when they know where the boundary lines are.
Staff - (Me included) We signed up to teach and give guidance so then lets be bold and do that. Take the courage to step out and and find new and better ways to change the words in the textbook into exciting new knowledge.
" Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no COURAGE unless you are scared." - Eddie Rickenbacker
Will you accept the challenge to call on your courage this week?