For years I’ve written a #OneWord post leading into the new year.
I’ve chosen MORE and TEAM and other words as my focus.
My word for 2020 is OTHERS.
I spend a lot of time alone on airplanes, in rental cars, hotel rooms, talking with other educators from around the country and most importantly spending time with my wife and two kids.
In all of those moments there’s always one profound thought that I’m thinking about.
It’s NOT about you.
It’s about the people around you. It’s about your students and what makes them excited about learning. It’s about the people in your life that need more than you. It’s about the people who you hold a door for when you’re walking into Starbucks. It’s about the people at the store when you checkout and you ask them how their day was.
If you think it’s all about you – I think you’re wrong.
When you think about others more than yourself, you’re going to feel better.
When you work with others, you get more from them and they go farther than they would have without you.
When you encourage others, you’re simply being kind and a good human being.
When you listen to others, you learn from what they’re going through and you build empathy along the way.
When you push others, you help them find their full potential.
When you focus on your students, and their interests, and what they like and incorporate that into your classroom – you’re going to go so much farther so much faster and have so much more fun along the way.
In 2020 –
I’m going to think about others more.
I’m going to encourage others more.
I’m going to listen to others more.
I’m going to donate to others more.
I’m going to push others more.
I’m going to smile at others more.
I’m going run with others more.
I’m going to empathize with others more.
I’m going to laugh with others more.
I’m going to read with my kids more.
I’m going to talk with others more.
I’m going to cook dinner with my family and not for my family so we can spend more time with each other more.
I’m going to amplify others more with their message, and their ideas and their dreams and goals.
I’m going to say yes to others more and no to the things in my life that aren’t positive.
I’m going to help others, in any way that I can.
I’m simply going to do more for others than I do for myself.
Let me know what you need and maybe I can help – it’s all about others.
Happy 2020 – I’m really going to focus on being more kind to others, it’s important and is going to help everyone on this planet that we all live on.