"With confidence, you have won before you have started." -- Marcus Garvey
Confidence is often the single differentiator between people who get what they want and people who don't. Those who think and believe they can do something -- run a marathon, start an entrepreneurial venture, ask someone out (and have them say yes), win a competitive promotion, fit into their pre-pregnancy jeans, build a fun social circle, well... they do it.
Our mind is a very powerful tool, and the impact of our thoughts and words cannot be underestimated. Our thoughts create our emotions. Our emotions create our actions. Our actions create our life. Confident people have greater control over their minds and have tuned their mental station to one of "I can."
Here are nine things that confident people do that you can apply to your life:
1. Do not overcomplicate. You want something? Great! Create a plan to make it yours. Keep your eye on the prize and do not get distracted by other peoples noise or by your own ability to over-think.
2. Focus on what you want. Confident people keep a positive vision in mind of the future. They expect good things to happen to them, and as a result they do, as expectation is a very powerful force.
3. Act as if it's already yours. People who are self-assured allow their language and actions to be in line with their outcome. This inspires confidence in others.
4. Use words with intention. Consider the difference with two people discussing their new blog. One could be, "Yes, I am a blogger. You like vintage purses too? Awesome! We must connect -- check out the new images I posted at..." vs. "Well, I am trying to blog but am not sure I am doing it right (nervous laugh)." Who do you think gets the most views and shares?
5. Listen but don't pay heed to others' opinions. Other people are well meaning and sometimes err on the side of caution. Confident people listen to other people but do not let their difference of perspective take them off track. It's your life!
6. Dedicate time to what matters. Confident people are happy to say no to things to make sure they have time and energy for their priorities. Funnily enough, people treat them with more respect as a result.
7. Act humble. Confident types don't talk endlessly about their successes. I was once at a large corporate event and I was speaking to an outgoing and likeable woman who said she "worked in publishing." I found out later that evening that she was the editor-in-chief of one New York's most influential magazines. Confident people let their success speak for itself and don't need to vocalize it.
8. Know failure is sometimes inevitable and don't fear it. Worrying about failure can keep us from doing anything at all. Confident people are still confident even when they fail. When the chips are down they know it will pass.
9. Repeat all of the above! Confidence building takes a lifetime. The more we practice confidence as an attitude, the easier it becomes.
The most successful and happy people are not born the most rich, beautiful or talented. They just believe in themselves and go for what they want. Confidence is also a highly attractive quality in others as we all secretly aspire to have more self-assurance. "I can" and "I can't" thoughts create very different emotional spirals, as the mind is very obedient and follows whichever path we direct it. Which do you choose?
This might be a universal issue and not confined to one province or state. We have a lot of people who are in administrative and bureaucratic roles who might be able to help by being back in classrooms.
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I agree teachers are learners, but we still need teachers. It is unfortunate we think we don't at times. I think this article is getting at that. Teachers, as learners, mine great questions which, in turn, helps students mine great questions.
There is a new question about knowledge and sustaining the community. In the high-paced world we live in, has school, as we currently have it structured, meeting the demands? I think we believe school is a place that expresses common knowledge, but there are some who think it is a place of innovation. I think it has outlived its usefulness and should be a place where students and teachers learn the skills, attitudes, dispositions, etc. that help them decipher the information they come in contact with and can wisely apply it. This will take talented teachers.
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Are my students being adequately prepared? This seems to be one of those questions and conversations that always come up in school. How are you preparing your students? When they are in elementary school we are trying to prepare them for junior high. When they are in junior high we are preparing them for high school. Then in high school we are preparing them for college. All along the way, we are trying to prepare our students for the real world. The funny thing is are we preparing them for something that actually matters or even exists?
Dewey's work was scientific in that he had a lab school, but he also understood what happened there was not what happened in all settings. We should make sure the community or communities have input into the process. This includes teachers, students, parents, and the community-at-large. Data is not numbers. It can include intuitions based on those who walk the path.
One of the most effective ways to provoke student thought is through the building of “rich” questions. By asking meaningful questions - and interacting with textual information – students can come to an understanding that builds upon on their own personal experiences and opinions. Through the use of a template, questions can be created in any way that you want and provide you with a specific platform to begin your questioning focus.
I don' t necessarily think this is the solution, but it might be part of a larger solution for education. It would require different working together which might be more collaborative. This has a sense of team teaching which can be very effective in the right situations.
After examining the body of research on professional development (PD) in teaching, Tom Loveless concludes that we don’t yet know the specific attributes that make some teachers effective and others ineffective. Until those qualities are defined and a scientifically sound body of research on how to develop them is amassed, Loveless believes that significantly improving teaching will remain an elusive goal.
The terminology in the article is problematic. What does it mean to be an adequate teacher (and is that all we want?) versus a bad teacher? We are quantifying these perceptions based on variables that teachers do not control. What if we accepted that like all things there is a process of learning to be and become a teacher? We do not walk into classrooms and become a great teacher. We learn our way there and much of that is not done in external PD sessions by external gurus many who have not been in classrooms for years and sometimes were never in classrooms.
There are a number of excellent articles linked into the main article. It will take some time to read and digest them. I would rather think that we enable rather than empower. Empower suggests the hierarchy is rigid and the relationships unending.
Many parents and school officials will likely have their own schedules and routines affected by any changes. But even small delays in favor of students can have significant effects on the quantity and quality of their nightly rest, their physical and...
I think smaller classes would also help. What if we began by putting some of the school managers back in classrooms? It would use money that is already being spent creating a focus on what education should be about: teaching and learning.
The first audience is the most immediate one. This sometimes lost as we get lost in the forest and lose sight of the trees. Mindfulness can help. Being in the present helps us see who is there in front of us.