What If progress is about small choices you make every day?
As we come to the end of the year, many of us are prepping for the holidays and some of us will start thinking about the upcoming year. The end of a year, and the beginning of a new one, is a natural place to begin reflecting on the year that has been and to think about what we might give ourselves to in the next year. Here are a few things to ponder as we head into the New Year.
What If the process is about getting better and not about becoming perfect?
What If your fear is unfounded? What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
What If you take time to reflect on this past year? What was good? What was not good? What will you keep doing? What will you do differently next year?
What If you set a goal instead of creating a resolution?
Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.
What If you have put off the dream for long enough?
Go back to school, Write the book, Change the world, etc. Take a few steps to make it happen.
What If you are making more of a difference than you think are?
What If you take care of you?
Don’t neglect yourself in all of your taking care of others.
What If you take a long-term view of what you do but remain present in each moment along the way?
What If you recognize that everyone around you is carrying some kind of weight in their life?
Be kind. Every day.
What if you develop your leadership skills next year?
Take a class, read books, and connect to leaders around you.
What If you advocate for children beyond providing programming for your local students?
Get involved with afterschool advocacy on a state or national level.
What If relationships are the most important thing you will invest in next year?
What we do in the world of afterschool is a mix of long-term goals and everyday moments. As we go into the next year, keep in mind that we are working to help our students grow into healthy, educated, responsible adults who know their infinite value but we are doing that one day at a time. Remember that our choices, though seemingly small, are significant in all we do.
From all of us at the Missouri AfterSchool Network…
Happy Holidays & we’ll see you next year!
Afterschool Resource Coordinator
Missouri AfterSchool Network
Brad Lademann is a dynamic youth speaker with 16 years of public speaking experience and 12 years of experience working with middle school and high school students. He has worked with teens in many capacities including teacher, youth pastor, coach, mentor, and afterschool program supervisor. He currently works with MASN as our Resource Coordinator and provides technical assistance to SAC and 21CCLC grantees.