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On any given day, educators experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. How an educator reacts and responds to these highs and
lows can often dictate the overall mood of the day. In my short 6 years
as an educator, I have learned several things as it pertains to
remaining positive, as well as keeping things in perspective when it
comes to my professional and personal life. Educators have an extremely
difficult and mentally draining job, but yet at the same time,
educators also have one of the most rewarding jobs. The most difficult
and rewarding jobs require a certain kind of mental strength and
stamina...the strength and stamina to look in the mirror, and take
control of the power...

Something most educators fail to realize, is that they have the power
and the control to dictate how well, or not well a day goes. Sure, of
course, we all have days that are better than others, but we are
ultimately in control of whether we have good or bad days. We have all
done it, and we are all guilty of letting somebody or something take
control of our day. When we allow others to control the outcome of our
life, we are relinquishing control of our very own existence. I have
made this mistake many times before. It is my new goal to take the
power back, and regain control of my life. The best thing about taking
control of one's life, is the fact that when you take control of your
life, you give somebody else the opportunity to take control of their
life. Empower others by empowering yourself...perhaps the most
underrated and underutilized method to professional and personal growth.

Reflect on your existence, and evaluate how you approach both your
professional and personal life. Do you believe in yourself? Does your
happiness and positivity rely on those of others? Do you feel proud of
your accomplishments and doings? Can you walk with your head held
high? Do you feel in control of your life?

Take this opportunity to look in the mirror and realize the potential and power of you.
Do not fear the power you possess. This power gives you the ability to
control your life and the outcomes of your experiences. Be positive
and give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Work hard, prepare,
encourage, and motivate yourself to take responsibility of controlling
your life. Oh, and if you are looking for people with whom to surround out those who believe in themselves, and in due time you
will see they not only believe in themselves, they believe in you too.
When one believer believes in another, the ripple effect is
inevitable...Are you ready to make the first wave...?

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