Ready, Aim, Reflect

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A group of us hiked to the top of Mt. Doug on the morning of Remembrance Day. We were a few adults and more small people than we could keep track of. After hiking around the mountain and up to the summit, when the cars were loaded up again at the end, all the appropriate seats were filled.

We made it to the top just in time to hear the cannons fire to mark 11:11. We observed a moment of silence while a brisk wind whipped around us. For my moment of silence, I felt gratitude for our lives in Canada with an overwhelming awareness of the struggles so many others are currently experiencing.

 More than ever there is a need for people to think and lead with a global mindset, skilled to make things better for others, looking for the gaps that need to be filled so we can collectively live better lives. I am buoyed by so many examples of students who have graduated from our school with the ability and intention to do just that.

The first theme of this email series has focused on goal setting. I hope you will continue to set goals that take you in this direction of making the world a better place. Aim high. Stretch yourself.

 When I came home from the hike, I had a few quiet minutes to read and picked up a book from Vancouver author Danielle LaPorte. Her words seemed to particularly resonate for me when I think of you all goal setting. I hope they do for you as well…check in, re-evaluate and re-fire. Take action. Be grateful and motivated to do well.

 Making it happen” from Danielle LaPorte’s book “The Firestarter Sessions”, 2012

  •  Use the mantra “I’ll figure it out”, instead of “I don’t know…”
  • Everything you have ever done or has happened to you in your entire life and the history of humankind has brought you to this point.
  • A beginner’s mind is open and an open mind innovates.
  • Respect the fact that doubt is part of the creative process.
  • Aim for passion not balance.
  • Tell people what you are up to. When you declare it and share it you’re accountable and helpable.
  • Don’t let the desire for perfection become procrastination. So…launch and learn.
  • Everything is progress.
  • Do what you say you are going to do.
  • Keep yourself pointed to where you want it to go. 
Next week: We introduce the next theme focusing on your strengths as a leader. If you are a parent and are in Victoria, please come to hear Heather Clayton speak on Cultivating Our Personal Strengths

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Becky Anderson
Becky Anderson is Director of the Junior School. She has also held the position of Director of Leadership Development at SMUS.

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