Sunday, January 3, 2016

What's Your Focus?

Happy 2016 to the #LeadLap community! Shelley and I both hope you have had a wonderful holiday season! I had the opportunity to relax and recharge over my two week break. I enjoyed my family, friends, food and long lost sleep! I also had the chance to catch up on my reading. One of my favorite books was One Word that will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page (

This book made an amazing impact on me because, unlike resolutions that are typically a to-do list that is either finished or forgotten by February, #oneword is all about how to be. The first challenge of #oneword is to take time to unplug, be mindful and look inward about what is needed in your life. The second challenge is to look up to confirm your word to a higher purpose. Your #oneword is truly bigger than you. For those of you that know me, I am a collector of words. I love quotes and start each day sharing one with my staff. I expected my #oneword choice to be overwhelming, but it came to me very quickly...FOCUS. Focus on what is important. Focus on what is essential. Focus on what makes a difference. Focus on clarity. Focus on mindfulness. Focus on relationships. Focus on your family. Focus on yourself. But most of all, don't focus on everything at the same time.

The third challenge of #oneword is to share your word with others for support and accountability. I shared my word and have challenged my students and staff to discover their #oneword as we begin the second half of the year together. (students: staff: This is where our #LeadLap challenge comes in...where is your focus for this year? How have you communicated this to those that surround you? Our challenge for you for the week is to truly find your #oneword or focus for 2016 and take time to share that with your school and #LeadLap hashtag. Need some inspiration? Check out some of these great blogs about #oneword from inspirational educators:

Jay Billy @JayBilly2 Relentless

Robert Abney @Abney45 Finish

Amy Illingworth @AmyLIllingworth Rejuvinate

Marci Houseman @MarciHouseman Glorius

Also LOVE the #edbeat spin #oneword #onesong

Sean Gaillard @smgaillard Fearless

Can't wait to see how the #LeadLAP community will focus this new year!

Beth and Shelley