It’s summer, which means I get to press the reset button. I also have the opportunity to rest and enagage in my annual “sort, clean and pitch” ritual. It’s amazing how much stuff can pile up over time. The fear of becoming a hoarder regularly motivates me to clean out “the old” in preparation for “the new”. Of course, it’s hard for me get rid of stuff without some reflection.
It’s been over 15 years since I worked at our Education Service Center as a consultant, but my learning and growth there has served me well in my career. I had the great fortune to work with some amazing people on some incredible projects, evidence of which I found on the bottom shelf of my professional development library. Tons of memories flooded back as I looked through several Behavior Institute binders my colleagues and I organized.
As much as I was filled with pride as I glanced through them, I also cringed. When I looked at the content of my workshop sessions, I was reminded how much my own mindset has changed over the years. With each page I turned I was able to see the evolution of my thought and practices. Though I was tempted to hold on to those resources, what they represented reminded me of the importance of letting them go.
Change can be hard, but remaining fixed in our perspective and practices can be exponentially harder over time. Having a growth mindset means being open to change and all that it represents. Learning, growing, evolving, developing, maturing, adapting – all great adjectives, all great practices. I hope this summer affords you some opportunities to continue on your own evolutional journey towards your best self. I, for one, am really enjoying the ride.