Sunday, January 19, 2014

One Word
I finished reading the book titled One Little Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page.  I took some time to think about what word will help me to continue to grow as a person and will help me reach some desired outcomes in 2014.  After taking some quiet time to reflect on the word, I have decided the word "BELIEVE" was the perfect word for me.  I really struggle to believe in my abilities and I struggle with confidence.  This lack of confidence can be a barrier for me achieving my goals.  Believing in yourself gives you the confidence to take risks and the confidence to accept constructive criticism.  Believing in yourself helps you focus more on your strengths and not your weaknesses.   I am hoping that the more I believe the more I will celebrate the small steps I have taken to reaching a goal.  I am hoping that the more I believe the more I will embrace the process and not get disappointed when results don't happen quickly.

I love this take away truth and the more I believe the more I will be able to find encouragement from the inside.  Here are some things that I believe can happen:

I believe that I can develop into a writer.
I believe that I will exercise more.
I believe that I am a teacher who can inspire others!
I believe that I am capable of anything if I put in the effort and time!

So my next step is to post the word "BELIEVE" on my desk, in my kitchen, on my iPhone, ipad, and in my planner so that I can start to bring about positive changes in 2014! 

What is the one little word that will change your life?


  1. I really appreciate this blog post. I think many teachers, including me, struggle to believe in ourselves. Sometimes it seems that are so many forces moving against us, and we need to learn how to block those out and focus on what we can do best. We must learn to celebrate ourselves and our students' accomplishments, no matter how small they seem at the time. Thanks for posting!

  2. Thanks so much for your feedback. Trying really hard to keep my posts real and honest. I feel that writing should help us reflect who we are and help us grow to be better people along the way.

  3. Hi Tonya,
    I am going to share this post with one of my students. Her word is believe and her reasons are very similar to yours (although she tells it in fourth grade words). "Believing in yourself helps you focus more on your strengths and not your weaknesses." This is so true and a lesson we can all learn from. I love your blog!

  4. Thanks Julie. I am so excited about you sharing my blog with her. Hopefully, our one word.. BELIEVE... will help us focus on our strengths more!