“I learned how important it is to lead and be decisive and to, in a way, empower other people to do their best.” – Anna Wintour
I have never been more excited for a new year to start than 2020. This is a year of change and I’m excited to see how myself and others evolve over the next 12 months.
My Back Story
I’ve been making myself a priority since about the second week of September. Being a mom and teacher can make it easy to fall on the back burner in terms of importance.
In September I was at the highest weight I had been at in my entire life. I was ashamed, embarassed, disgusted…well, you get the point. I thought that the less I went out and the more clothing I piled on would hide the fact that I was unhappy and extremely unhealthy. I was wrong.
My daughter around this point had started using her Kindle and our phones to take pictures. Things hadn’t really sunk in for me and how much I had negwtively changed until I saw a picture of myself that she had taken. All I remember thinking was, Oh my God. Do I really look like that? You can probably imagine how mortified I was at this point.
The Game Changer
Noom. I don’t remember how I came across it, but it has honestly been the best thing that I could have done for my health. If you’re not familiar with Noom I’ll break it down for you. Yes, it’s a weight management plan. Yes, it does cost money, but it’s so much more than that.
Noom breaks doen the psychology of why we as people do what we do. What triggers us to make unhealthy choices and how we can be proactive about the environment, situations, and decisions we make. I can’t say enough good things about it.
Lead in 2020
So far I’ve just been rehashing 2019. So what am I going to do differently in 2020? I’m going to lead.
Lead is described by Webster’s Dictionary as “the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow.”
That’s exactly what I want to do! I feel that for a majority of my life I’ve taken a backseat, a spot in the audience, a supporting role. I want to demonstrate not only for myself, but my two kiddos, and my students that taking the initiative in life, whether it be with their personal situations outside of school or with their academics, that THEY CAN DO IT! What’s stopping them? I want to spark a fire in my students to want to evolve for the better. To better themselves and their own lives.
Here are some ways that I plan on pushing my students towards being a leading role in their own lives.
1. Be a great communicator. Express your thoughts and feeling with others. Be true and honest with not only others, but most importantly yourself.
2. Admit when you’re wrong. No one is perfect. It takes a strong person to admit when they’ve been wrong or have done someone or something harm. It shows strength to admit our downfalls and to own them.
3. Learn when to spot talent and give credit where it is due. Supporting your peers and others. Don’t be afraid to compliment someone. Learn what you can from others and use it to help you grow.
4. Be part of the team and invest in other people. By putting time and effort into relationships we are showing others that they matter to not only us, but to our community.
6. Have fun. Plain and simple. Enjoy life and all that it has to offer.
7. Show compassion and care. Be a support system to others. Like I mentioned above, no one is perfect. Guide others if possible, but don’t point out flaws for your own enjoyment and gain.
8. Be confident in your decision. Be proud of who you are and how you live your life. Be aware of who you are making decisions for and why you are making them. Who are you trying to please? Yourself or others?
I hope that this post made you think. Maybe you’re contemplating how to be a leader in your own life, or maybe you’ve just wondered why I’ve been so peppy and happier lately. Either way, consider making a positive change in your life. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.