How to Survive the First Month of School

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Is your first day of school coming up? Are you wondering what your new teacher is going to be like? What pair of nikes you are going to use to sway new friends? What parties and exams are you going to skip or make a priority? What sport teams are you going to watch or try out for? How close is the nearest grocery store, and can I make it in my slippers?

It is about that time of the year again, back to school! For me, that means new kids, new parents, and new desire to inspire young minds to believe in themselves and be nice to one another. The summer is gone, and it is back to the grind in the classroom for many of us around the world.

 

Let’s talk about September

What are the main concerns of an elementary student? 1. Is my teacher going to be nice 2. What do I have for recess? When I was little, every year I would wonder if my teacher was going to be nice, or if I had to watch out for the Big Bad Wolf, or did mom pack my Dunkaroos, or will I have to trade my sandwich with another classmate. As we get older, these thoughts continue to run through our heads, only in slightly different context. 1. Will I meet new friends or like my boss/or professor 2. I should have ate breakfast today/I need to pack a lunch.

September is crucial to your survival in your new setting. The first month will separate the men from the boys. The women from the girls. Your idea and perception of your new setting and experience will be fresh. Your ears will be alert and your mind and body will be focused on the task at hand. But for how long? Some of us will be entering a new school. Some of us will be going back to a similar setting after the summer holidays. Either way, September is the start of the “new” year. How do you have a great start?

 

The First Impression is Key

Don’t show up to school in hammy down’s aka hand me down’s. I am not saying go out and buy the most expensive pair of shoes or t-shirt, I am saying take care of your self and look presentable. Carol Goman writes, “that moment that stranger sees you, his or her brain makes thousands of computations: Are you someone to approach or to avoid? Are you friend or foe? Do you have status and authority? Are your trustworthy, competent, likeable, confident?

 The decision of others and whether or not they will like or even deal with you are made quickly (7 seconds). Leave a great impression and you are well  on your way to an excellent week during the first month of school. Say hello to your collages. Shake the hand of your professor or teacher. Really mean what you say when talking to new people. Do the little things that count. Put in the work early and everything else is smooth sailing!

 Keep smiling

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Being a teacher, I understand what it feels like to be exhausted from smiling and shaking hands with people you typically have nothing in common with or have know desire to be long-time friends with (sounds cruel but it is true). You can’t be best friends with everyone BUT you can be a great acquaintance. People can love to be around you even though they never see you.  Just keep smiling, just keep smiling, just keep smiling, smiling, smiling. Know one said you had to be everyone’s bestie on the first day. Smile, be polite and shake hands with everyone (use sanitizer often). This again, goes with your first impression. People will always remember your first encounter. This will set you up for easier interactions down the road.

Stay ahead of the Game

In my first year of university (for lack of better word) I sucked! I flat-out didn’t know what was doing, decided to watch sports instead of study, went for walks instead of reading and ate cereal to distract me from assignments. To often we allow ourselves to fall behind. We overlook what is ahead of us, and hope that it will magically complete itself the night before

Surviving September is about Staying a head of the Game. Sure, your friends will want to party. Your boyfriend will want to cuddle. Your friends will want to hangout and chat it up, talk about stuff you necessarily do not want to talk about anyway. Than don’t do it! When you are given an assignment, start it. You don’t have to finish it, but at least look and see what you have to do to complete it. A lesson plan, prepare for the week. Heck, prepare for the month if you have the time. A project to fulfill, do the research. Get the resources and be ready to produce some quality work.

Make a list of priorities and “at least”get started before the week that they are due. We all know what it feels like when Wednesday comes along, and you have a 4000 word essay due on Auscultation and Bromhidrosis by Thursday. Yeah, I don’t know what they mean either.

Don’t allow yourself to get in this position. Force yourself to make a list of up and coming due dates, and get started right away. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are done something, when everyone else is scratching to make a deadline.

For me, I make a monthly schedule, of what I want to accomplish, by priority. I take 15-20 index cards, put a hole in each  one of them, and tie a string to hold them tight. I often check my dates and make sure I am on schedule. I see priority and needs and attack those ideas first. Life is a party, you will always have time for that. Friends will understand if they are true friends. Everyone else doesn’t matter.

Conclusion

September is the start of a new year. It is not quite, champagne and balloons yet, but it represents a new beginning. Every September students and professionals go back to the grind. Don’t be that person who, talks about doing things and never get’s it done. We all talk about this person and often fall in the same category at times. Put your words into action and do what it takes to be a head. What are you going to do to make this “new”year better than any other year?

As years go by, you will slowly understand the preparation, both mentally and physically to start fresh, and get off to a good start. The only people I know that can start poorly and still win are Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Muhammad Ali. I guess and a few others. Once you get on their laugh, you’ll have nothing to worry about 😉

Start the grind early!

In the mean time, continue to #BeAwesome

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Champion VS Normal Person

BeAwesome: #329 How to be  Champion Instead of a Normal Person

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20% of the World are Champions, the Rest are Normal People

 Our world is built upon normal people and champions. Which one are you? Champion? Good choice..

Why is it that less than 20% of our world are champions, and the rest are normal people? Nothing against normal people, but being a champion is much better don’t ya think. What is it that champions do that normal people don’t? What is it that champions have that normal people don’t have? These are all questions we ask ourselves…

Genetics

One of the main things that people use as an excuse for not being successful or smart is genetics. And yes, genetics can benefit you in a variety of ways  BUT genetics do not “make” you do anything. YOU, make yourself do/not do what ever it is the task maybe. You tell yourself you can’t do something, and it more than likely will not be completed.  But this is not the soul reason why specific individuals are champions. What exactly are genetics?  The study of heredity and the variation of inherited characteristics. Still don’t get it? It is simply a process where parents pass down certain genes onto their children. Every child has some gene from their both biological parents.

Now after reading about genetics, does it say anywhere (above) that genetics make people work hard, stay focused or be determined? With genetics helping a bit, it still does not make the individual use these traits (or so called gifts) involuntarily. Is it an advantage? Sure. But only as much as you think. It is only as much as an advantage, as you want it to be.

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Use what you have

Everyone  is born a superstar. It is up to us to let the world know what kind of star you are. We read articles and journals all the time with headlines such as: Born a Star or  Special Talent, etc. We watch and see as individuals rise above obstacles to reach their full-potential on the biggest stage; CEO of major companies, athletes, actress, and entertainers, lawyers, doctors, teachers. These are all professions. Of course some are more intriguing than others, but each profession is something NOT given to you on day one when you are born.

Recently I had the opportunity to read and article about successful people who worked at Mc.Donalds. Rachel McAdams, a Canadian Actress. Fred Durst, American Musician and Film Director. Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. Sharon Stone, fashion model, actress and producer. Macy Gray, musician. Jay Leno, stand up comedian and Tv Host. And the list goes on and on. Do some of them have genetics from their parents? Of course. They all do. But are their parents all famous? No. Did they have to work hard to get where they are in life? Yes.

Finding your purpose for the world is one of the most difficult things you will ever do in your life. Figuring out what you love and do well is not easy. Sometimes you have to go through 2-3-4-possibly 5 other things before you find that something. The secret to being a Champion is to never give up while searching. Once you find that something, you try to maximize that potential in that area.

Here are 2 things Champions have:

Champions have a REASON as well as a PURPOSE for what they are doing. This is the beast that drives them to the maximum amount of potential and growth in their given field or profession. When you have a reason to do something, this reason causes you to become motivated to reach your goal. Have you ever wondered why professionals have so many cool stories about their childhood, and they had to work really hard to reach their full potential. Champions use their negative experiences to drive and create positive outcomes. Normal people don’t have these reasons and most of the time do not have a purpose either. Normal people walk through life and take what ever it is the world decides to give them. Champions play a role in both factors (walking and decision-making)

In some way, shape or form, everyone starts from the bottom and tries to make their way to the top.

Be in the 20% of the world that decides to be a Champion.

-BeAwesome