It was Sunday morning and my alarm for 4:45am was telling me it was time to get up.
“What am I doing?” I thought.
It was race day. I had signed up for a 10 mile race a couple of months ago when the realities of the school year hadn’t sunk in yet. Last week was probably one of the most challenging weeks I’ve experienced and I was drained. The last thing I wanted to do was get up and run.
The negative self-talk started the minute I woke up and kept on happening all the way up to the 8am start of the race:
I don’t need to do this.
I don’t feel good.
The race fees are going to charity so I’m not wasting money.
It’s cold outside.
I owe it to myself to rest.
Negative self-talk is powerful. I almost gave up.
In A Mindset for Learning, Mraz & Hertz refer to negative self-talk as the “Superhighway of Doom”. Negative self-talk is developed over time starting when we are kids. It’s partly a self-defense mechanism, but it eventually turns into a default response to unfamiliar situations when we need to be Discipline-Driven.
But we can overcome negative self-talk with enough focus and intentional positive self-talk. It takes time. It takes practice. And it’s possible to deconstruct the “Superhighway to Doom”, even for adults.
Fast-forward to 9:30am and I am crossing the finish line because I chose to ignore my complaining, defending, and blaming and focus instead on my goal.
I ran my best long run ever, pacing myself to get fastest over the length of the race. The best part was seeing my family at the finish line, which was such a complete surprise I got a little teary-eyed.
I share this story because it’s one more reminder that you are your own worst enemy. We all have negative self-talk moments each day. We each face Events in our lives where negative self-talk because our Default-Driven Response. We have to remember that we have power over this. We have to intentionally practice each day to get better. And we have to remember that there are others who want to help us cross the finish line.
Have a GREAT week!
Article Worth Reading – Gearing Up for MAKERSPACE!
Please take a moment to read this article related to the Maker Movement. John Spencer’s story about himself as the quiet kid in class reflects so many of our kids (and is exactly who I was as a kid). The second half of the article connected with me when I was thinking about the work we will do with kids in the future. It is a fast read that is well worth your time!
The MakerSpace will be a touchstone for innovation that will support all of our students. It is a reflection of the direction we are taking learning.
26 – MakerSpace Grand Opening!
28 – Mumkin Pickup, 4-7PM
29 – Pastries with Parents
30 – Building Advisory Committee meeting, 8AM; Interims go home
1 – Community Cardboard Challenge, 9-Noon, Heritage MS
4 – BIT Meeting, 8AM
7 – Building Tour by Board of Education
17-20 — Fall Conference Week; Late Night is Weds, Oct 19.
21 – COI Day
24 – State of Schools (Darby), 6-9PM
25 – State of Schools (Davidson, 6-9PM
26 – State of Schools (Bradley), 6-9PM
Click here for the Elementary Assessment Calendar for 2016-2017.
IMPORTANT HCSD DATES
Board of Education Meeting – September 26, 7pm at Davidson High School
Community Information Meeting – September 27, 7:30pm at JW Reason Elementary
Community Information Meeting – September 29, 7:30pm at Darby Creek Elementary
Community R Factor Training – October 2, 7pm at Darby High School
Community Information Meeting – October 4, 7:30 pm at Hoffman Trails Elementary
Community Information Meeting – 6, 7:30pm at Horizon Elementary
Community R Factor Training – October 9, 7pm at Darby High School
Board of Education Meeting – October 10, 7pm at Bradley High School
Community Information Meeting – October 11, 7:30pm at Crossing Elementary
Community Information Meeting – 13, 7:30pm at Bradley High School
Community R Factor Training – October 16, 7pm at Darby High School
Community Information Meeting – October 18, 7:30pm at Darby High School
Community Information Meeting – 20, 7:30pm at Davidson High School
Community R Factor Training – October 23, 7pm at Darby High School
Board of Education Meeting – October 24, 7pm at Darby High School
Community Information Meeting – October 27, 7:30pm at Tharp
Community Information Meeting – November 7, 7:30pm at Station