Take Class Notes
For An Empowered Year
Many of you will be listening intently to your teachers and taking class notes as another school year begins, to stay on your academic “A” game. But have you thought about taking class notes from the multitude of other teachers in your life; your parents, grandparents, elders, friends, or notable personalities?
Many life lessons that can give you practical, inspiring and empowering advice are right within reach of you; outside of the classroom. As you strive to realize your dreams, there is a circle of people who have always extended faith in you and offered you wisdom and truth and compassion, as you climb each rung on the ladder of success. They are the ones who sit at the dinner table and make you smile over a delicious meal after you have had a challenging day. They are the ones that get up in the darkness to drive to the track so that you can practice. They are the ones that are cheering for you even when you don’t hear their voices because they know what magnificent cloth you are cut from. They are also the people who are worth studying because their lessons and their resolve can propel you even further.
So take a few moments at the end of your day to take class notes from the other educators in your life.
Take class notes about the storms your parents or grandparents have weathered. Ask them to tell you about the struggles they went through growing up and what gave them the will and the spirit to press on. Whether it was poverty or racism or other personal trials, take class notes on how they coped with adversity and held on to their own dreams. Let those class notes lift you up when you are feeling fearful or need a confidence boost.
Take class notes about the achievements of your parents or grandparents or other family members. What were their short-term and long-term goals to become successful in their career? What risks did they take to start their own business or company or to follow their artistic muse or to have a career they were passionate about? What mistakes did they make that resulted in valuable lessons learned? What trade-offs did they make in order to attain success? Their professional accomplishments can encourage you as you build your own professional identity.
Take class notes about the optimistic attitude of your parents, grandparents or elders. Your parents, grandparents and elders may have overcome a lot, but their expectant attitude is often what has helped spur them on to get through tough times. How you feel and react can directly impact your steps. Ask your loved ones how they rose above those dark moments and see the glass full instead of half empty no matter what curve ball life throws them?
Takes class notes on being grateful from loved ones. Gratefulness will deliver you from a “woe is me” attitude when your day isn’t going quite as you would like it to be. Ask your parents or grandparents what they are grateful for. You will find it isn’t material things, but instead intrinsic things, like the love of family and friends, the blessings of each new day, good health, etc. Learning through their example to be grateful will help you realize what is truly significant and meaningful in your life. Your unique talents and skills will get noticed even more with a grateful heart.
Take class notes from notable personalities like Olympian Gabby Douglas and First Lady Michelle Obama. Gabby Douglas refuses to let critiques about her stop her from shining. She remains focused on what is truly important and in spite of her valleys and plateaus, has a winning attitude and spirit worth its weight in gold. Class note: “I will not let anyone steal my joy or my thunder.” And when it comes to First Lady Michelle Obama, her speech at The Democratic National Convention offered us the ultimate quote worth taking note of. Her words so potent, “Our motto is when they go low, we go high,” was not only intended for her daughters to reach greater heights… but for you! DT