June books, summer reads and themes

Jon Gordon and Coach P.J. Fleck release a new book on June 9th titled Row the Boat. I can’t wait to read this book and design some thoughts to share with others. I have taken the following from Jon’s weekly newsletter to explain what lessons we will gain!

The Oar

  1. The oar is the symbol of strength. It’s the only thing that can take you from where you are to where you want to go. The great thing about the oar is you determine whether you put in the water or whether you take it out.
  2. If you don’t think you can, nobody will get you there. If you think you can, you can get around others who think you can… and then you can.
  3. There’s good things and hard things to get through. There’s no bad things. Only opportunistic situations.

The Boat

  1. The bigger your boat is the farther you can go. The more you give, and the more you serve, and the more you sacrifice the bigger your boat is going to get. Little boats sink in storms. Big boats float. Not only do they float, big boats take people farther.
  2. If you’re not willing to sacrifice for what you want, whoever is going to sacrifice more is going to get there. Someone who wants it more is going to pass you on the way to getting there.
  3. If you want to go far in life, make your life not about you. Make it about other people. Make it about serving and giving.

The Compass

  1. If you want to be extraordinary, you have to get around the extraordinary people. Who better to teach you about being extraordinary than the extraordinary.
  2. You can’t see the future but you row in the present. You can’t control the future but you can control aspects of the present.

Closing Thoughts

  1. The Row The Boat lifestyle is about never giving up and not allowing the circumstance to dictate your behavior.
  2. It’s finding a way to think optimistically about everything.
  3. Trained behavior becomes boring habits. Boring habits become elite instinct. The elite get to the elite instinct. The average stop in the boring habits because they lose interest.

I have my mind spinning with lots of ideas already! Jon is one of my favorite authors! I have utilized his books for themes to start school years and designed professional learning. Order your book now! I will be sharing my stories, and please share yours!

Published by Brenda Yoho

Christian,Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aspiring Author, Motivator, Survivor, Leader, Coach, Mentor and a service agent living a life of purpose. Started my career in education as a teaching assistant, moved into the teaching role, followed by administration serving as Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Educational Support Programs. Over my more than two decades of educational experience I have served as the Illinois Principals Association Illini Region Director and most recently as a mentor/coach for principals. In addition, I have presented at their conferences over the years. In my final years in administration I served also as the Illinois Association of Title Directors Vice President and Treasurer. I am a survivor of an indirect hit of lightning and an almost fatal accident with a semi truck that hit the car I was traveling in with my family. My daughter, granddaughter and close friend survived as well! My injuries were the most significant leaving lifelong damages.

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