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Principal's Message- December 2021

The Five Second Habit

As we close out the semester and turn the corner into 2022, it’s a good time to think about what we want to accomplish in the new year and how to make it happen. Many of our students are catching up on credits and some are planning to graduate in the spring. In past articles I’ve written about growth and fixed mindsets. Individuals with a growth mindset believe their talents can be developed with effort and practice. Brains and talent are just the starting point. A fixed mindset means one believes intelligence and talent are fixed. If you're not good at something, like math, you might believe you’ll never be good at this subject. How can students develop growth mindsets to achieve the goals they set for 2022? Got five seconds?
Mel Robbins’s The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage (2017) says that much of what holds us back lies in those few precious moments between when we have an idea and when our brain gets in the way of acting on that idea. Her strategy is simple. The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must count down 5-4-3-2-1 and physically move or your brain will stop you. Start by counting backward to yourself: 5-4-3-2-1. The counting will help you focus on the goal or commitment and distract you from the worries, thoughts, and fears in your mind. As soon as you reach “1,” move. That’s it. 
Robbins says we have just five seconds to act on an idea and need to adopt a “do it now” way of thinking. “There’s one thing that is guaranteed to increase our feelings of control over our lives: a bias toward action”  she writes. Sometimes we wait for motivation, high energy, or a sense of focus before getting started on a task. Robbins contends that we create motivation by taking action. Once we get started, those actions gather momentum. People who have tried the Rule say it works every time. Physically moving is the most important part of the Rule, she says, because when you move your physiology changes and your mind follows. Try this countdown strategy and let me know how it goes.

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