Posts tagged: challenge 2
Day 15 started with such high hopes with certain expectations. What was reality though was much different from the expectations and hopes. I was able to work out with our self defense instructor but beyond that the day was filled with administrative obligations. Who would have known that there were so many papers to fill out and deliver to far away places (they had to be originals).
This is where all the training of mindfulness comes in to your advantage. While I had some frustration with why all of this was necessary, and I feel there is a fair amount of things I want to accomplish on the presentations next week, there is no anxiety. I was able to stay aware of, mindful, and focused on the tasks at hand. I was able to go home later in the afternoon and out to dinner with my wife.
Today, Saturday, I will work out with my students in the morning and then proceed to work on these other tasks. It is going to be a beautiful weekend, and I am mindful of all the beauty around me. I am aware of what needs to be done, but also aware of the birds singing this morning and the warming sunrise. Taking those moments in the morning for yourself and setting your intentions for the day sets the tone for everything you need to do, while not ignoring what is happening at this very moment.
The Youth Suicide Awareness (YSA) group met yesterday for nearly four hours mapping out our next steps in Anne Arundel County for continued awareness and prevention of suicide, especially among youth. I have never been a part of a group so dedicated and committed to a cause as this one is committed to helping as many in the community as possible.
Today on day 13 I will be spending virtually the entire day (8 -2) working with a committee of teachers on bully prevention in a high school. While the subjects are different, they are somewhat related and this is another of my passions. The high school has a great program they are undertaking, and I hope that the buy in from the teachers continues to grow as they see the possibilities of changing the culture of the school.
Of course I will also be working on my on presentation at AACC as the time draws closer for the first presentation. It is interesting how many of the same individuals are involved in these groups. Our County is blessed with some committed citizens to the safety of our youth both in and out of school.
Yesterday at BLS we tried our 100 pushups too. I am so pleased with the progress of everyone. Some were able to do 50 and others up to 90 straight pushups without stopping. Amazing for how it all began with some of the participants unable to do even 10. In addition there were quite a few who reached their goal of 100 and along with reaching that goal - they also have a huge boost in confidence (yes I did 100). In regard to pull ups, yesterday my personal best day with sets that went like this, 11 pull ups, 12 chin ups, 11 pull ups 10 chin ups and 10 pull ups. I was able to do them all except 2 chin ups and 6 pull ups. Wow - a long way from the first week of only being able to accomplish 3 pull ups.
Today had good lessons from Mr. Jim in street self defense. I am working with him along with 2 of the red belts on Friday mornings and I am getting better at the verbage and understanding and teaching the concepts that Mr. Jim teaches. After that class it was a lot of running around getting everything together and ready for the afternoon of testing at Quiet Waters. Oh yes there were the pushups for the day too. Everyone did very well - but my personal report is 204 in the sets and then a max of 70 at the end. Next week we shall see who can get to 100 straight.
The afternoon was perfect weather, about 81 degrees, no humidity, and beautiful blue skies. Some of the parents pitched in to do the grilling and there was all kinds of food for everyone. The testers did well - though you could see that being in a new environment was a bit unnerving for some of them. I hope I get some photos to share with everyone. I know I have some video and I will post soon.
My happiest moment at the test was seeing Garth complete his form without any hitches. This young man has overcome some major issues - but today he really did well and I could not be more proud of his effort and determination. There were others too, but when you know all that Garth has overcome to get to his yellow belt - it has to make you smile.
So now I am on my way to the mountains and will be working on the completion of the Creating a Culture of Peace in the Classroom presentation. Soon I will be making this presentation to be followed by a program for teachers to help them build morale. In combination with that I feel a very strong calling to put together a conference on bullying.
This morning I listened to a short piece on raising the bar on yourself. Here is one quote, ”Unless you go beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” I am trying to live my life with that in mind. That means there will be failures and victories. But all will be done with the aim of progress.
It is Monday and I will say that starting a new challenge on a Friday just because it is June 1 may not have been a great idea. It was a poor start with all kinds of things that needed to be done at home and the weather was so good, I just wanted to enjoy that by sitting and walking and being outside.
However I did do a fair amount of reading and the latest book that has my attention is a book called Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin. I have been awakened by his arguments to how we get things done or not so much. How we allow our “lizard brain’ to resist our desire to accomplish goals. Once again I have learned that awareness is the key to making breakthroughs.
In this 100 days I am going to continue to ask myself if I am resisting the completion of my goals? Am I creating the vision I have or am I hiding it by spending much time on the unnecessary things - not allowing the creative side show and accomplish?
I do not have to answer this out loud, as already today I have had to ask myself, do you really need to do this now or are you avoiding something else - like getting your work done? Oh this could be a very good 100 days! At any rate his point eventually comes around that what we put out there may not be perfect, but the only way we finally get something out that accomplishes our bigger goals is by “shipping”, or producing and not by sitting idly by.
My goal is peace in the classroom for the teachers and students. Bully prevention. Now I must really focus on this and work away at it without “resistance”. If you want a really good inspirational book to read, I suggest this book as a real wake up call.
Today is the first day of this next 100 day challenge. I started anew - because in the last 100 days I became very focused and accomplished so much. My food intake was the best it had been in a long time and I am revisiting what I am eating in this go round. However while I am not planning on reporting every meal, I will talk about my new interest in juicing and what I am feeling the results are. The plan is to get one veggie / fruit juice in each day. This will be one of my four meals each day, with another one that is a fruit smoothie in the afternoon prior to teaching in the afternoon.
In the first 30 days I will have my attention on the completion and delivery of the Creating a Culture of Peace in the Classroom for teachers at Anne Arundel Community College in June. I am excited about where this may lead - as I am also thinking about a morale building program for teachers. It may be this will be one of my goals for this 100 day challenge.
Goal #2 is setting up Balanced Life Skills as a non-profit so we can focus on education in a much larger way than we have to this date. Education in parenting, bullying, suicide prevention, healthy eating and ????
Goal #3 is the establishment of BLS Performing Arts and possibly a Visual Arts Program all based on values and character development. I have had some good conversations with partners that are interested and now it is all about details and making it happen.
Goal #4 is the continued work with Mr. Jim and with KJM Dawson. These two very accomplished and respected martial arts instructors have a lot to bring to our school with their experience and all of the black belts are learning from them either directly or indirectly.
While there may be more things to do, this 100 days is taking place in the summer, so we have bully prevention workshops and regular classes, we have family time and vacations, and we have our 100 push up challenge and 25 pull up challenge happening here now. I believe these are enough for the summer, so we can stay balanced in our own lives.
The focus that a time limit and goals brings to your work and mission is very challenging and rewarding. In the first challenge I completed many of my goals and so I have decided to start anew. Once you have set a goal does not mean that it is set in stone.
What I found was that as I was working on different parts of my mission, I thought of better ways of approaching a challenge and so much of the work that will be done in “100 Day Challenge Part 2” will be the result of rethinking what might or can be done.
The overall mission is to reduce bullying - under the theme of Creating a Culture of Peace in our Schools and Community. My thought is that reducing bullying in schools is not about posters, or RAH RAH sessions. It won’t happen buy bringing a speaker in for a one time appearance, or creating No Bullying Zero Tolerance Zones. We (parents, teachers and students) must create a culture that bullying is not acceptable way of treating each other, and more important creating a culture of peace.
There must be ways of creating this in our society and not just in a single classroom or school. So the first step I am taking is a course at the community college this summer on this very subject. That is the first third of the 100 Day Challenge Part 2. The next steps, idea and goals I will announce in the coming days as we get closer to June 1, 2012 - the start of 100 Day Challenge Part 2 - Creating a Culture of Peace in our Schools and Community.