The Little Engine That Could


I have always found it an exciting thing that our school year has its own start and finish, different than that of our calendar year.

To me, it is as though we are afforded a “reset” midway through, just when our energies are wavering, our focus somewhat distracted, and our passion often challenged.

When the new year comes in January, we get to pause, reassess, refocus and recommit ourselves to a year already in progress!

As we give our energies to that re-commitment, we want to check-in with ourselves in a very honest way…

“I have good news and I have bad news…” When given the option, I don’t know about you, but I always ask for the good news first, It helps to empower me to tackle whatever may come after it.

Similarly, when we look to set our goals and focus for our second half of the year, we don’t want to overwhelm ourselves with the long “yet to do” list that is daunting and sometimes seems impossible to check off… Instead, start with an encouraging compliment to yourself, give yourself the revving of the engine that you need to move forward, up and over the next hurdle: start with identifying all that you CAN DO, right now, already.

Next, list the wonderful skills and talents you are working on, in your I ALMOST CAN column.

Finally, come up with a tangible goal for the second half of the year.  Make it a S.M.A.R.T goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely). Make it something you can commit to, and be glad that you did.  Make it for YOU.  Write this in your I WANT TO column.

Only when we see what have already accomplished, will be be energized enough to tackle that of which we are unsure we are even capable… (and Ill give you a secret: you are capable!)

I can, I almost can, I want to…. I DID!


Let us continue ROAR’ing in 2017, Tigers!

We Got This!

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