This is so great! I'm going to duplicate my post in "Teachers Learning to Lose" because I want to inspire them as well.
I've been nervous about the upcoming 1st day of school, especially since I'll be in a new district/environment, so here goes . . .
The students are going to LOVE me! They will be so excited to find out what first grade has to offer! They will be well behaved and eager to please. None of them will be annoying or whiny. They will ALL know how to tie their shoes!!
The parents will be involved (but not too involved) and supportive. They will have realistic expectations and an honest evaluation of their child's abilities. They will volunteer!!!
Everything I need to get done in preparation will be done, in plenty of time, to my satisfaction - AND I will have that final weekend to just relax!
I will quickly make good friends with some of my colleagues, and will manage to avoid any negativity or gossip in the staff room. My principal will think I'm awesome and be so glad he hired me!
This will be the best year of my teaching career so far, and the BEST first day ever!
Thanks for the great message, Lisa. I day dream ALL THE TIME...when I'm walking, gardening, even while cleaning. I'm constantly picturing how I want things to be and it's helped me tremendously in carving out the life I love. In a difficult situation, I play out the best outcome in my mind.
My husband, on the other hand, tends to be pessimistic and imagines the worst in others. Just yesterday he was mad that he hadn't gotten an important call returned. I told him, "why don't you just EXPECT the best outcome instead of thinking things aren't going to work out? Just think of the most positive outcome and put it out to the Universe, then forget about it." He gave me a weird look, but then did what I told him. This morning he got an idea out of nowhere (well, I know where it came from) that turned out to be the best solution. Works every time!
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Have you ever been called a day-dreamer? I have! And you know what, it's a good thing! LOL I would rather have dreams for my life and have faith that they will happen versus worrying about things that will probably never happen! I read an article the other day that put it this way:
"Faith is believing that what you cannot see will come to pass. Fear is believing that what you cannot see will come to pass.
The difference is in what you believe."
So what do you believe? Can you imagine your life the way you want it? Start today!!!!
"The man who has no imagination has no wings." -- Muhammad Ali
Chris Widener's Commentary: What is it that we spend most of our imagination on? The future! Our imagination is simply an "image" we create of that which isn't a reality yet. It is what we think will be. If we use our imagination to think that our future is going to be bad--we call that pessimism--and pessimism will never help you to become a success. When we use our imagination to think of a great future--we call that optimism--and optimism is the thing that will give your life flight. When you have positive imagination, when you can see all of the possibilities, and see them as good, then will your life take flight on the wings of optimistic imagination!
Action Point: Since what we imagine is simply a choice of the will, take some time today to begin to foster optimism in your life. Take a situation you think is going to turn out poorly and begin to change how you think of it. Use your imagination to see how that situation could turn out great!
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