My one word for 2011 is…courage.
All too often, I allow fear to stand in the way of what I should be doing (both personally and professionally). Fear is a natural instinct, and to a certain degree, a healthy one. However, I am guilty of allowing fear to influence my ability to take reasonable, and sometimes necessary, risks. My fear can result in the failure to act (action paralysis), and when that happens, it has a negative impact on colleagues and my family.
David Truss wrote a blog post that addresses this idea from a professional standpoint, Going to the Hard Places. Talking to someone about how they need to improve is not easy, but something that needs to be done if we truly have the best interest of students at heart. Unfortunately, education is ripe with examples of fear impeding progress. Those who know me personally, know how fear impacts my demeanor and personality…again, there would be no shortage of examples.
This year, I choose to be courageous. Courageous in addressing issues at school. Courageous in the decisions I make that impact others. Courageous in standing up for those who need assistance. Courageous in attitude in my personal life. I owe that to myself and those I care about.
Courage is my word for 2011.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. ~Mark Twain