When writing my book, I initially intended it for educators and administrators. The mental workouts were geared to assist in enduring the endurance sport of the academic school year. However, when reading some Amazon reviews, two struck me allowing the lightbulb to illuminate.
"This book is a life changer in any thing you do— not just for teachers. It makes you believe in yourself and all of your potential. It creates an uplifting buzz to go for it — whatever your “it” is."--Greg C.
"This book is not just for teachers. It’s for everyone!"--Yvonne C.
So, while I still consult and work with adults regarding the Teach4Endurance lifestyle, I've began incorporating "Endurance" Days into my classroom. Each week my students take part in one of the book's nearly 100 workouts.
Why? DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE THE CAR UNTIL YOU'VE CHECKED UNDER THE HOOD!
If you're mentally not in a good space (whether adult or child), you're not going to achieve anything at a high capacity. No amount of technology or lesson plans will mend a struggling spirit. Hence . . . classroom "Endurance Days" and its wall was born! This wall exists as a daily reminder of how we can strengthen our mind and spirt. It also reminds us that none of us has it all figured out; thereby, none of us are truly alone in our struggles.
Workout 3: Going Mental
Utilizing a graphic organizer (in my book), fill in honestly what things YOU THINK you have to do today. Now, ask yourself the questions underneath Must, Should and Optional. Then, reorganize you TO DO list to accurately depict reality of what you absolutely must do today.
Cliff Notes: We create the hamster wheel of our lives. More often than not, we are not as busy as we make ourselves out to be. Will there be busier days than others? Absolutely. However, often we create more fires than we truly need to accomplish on any particular day. So, slow down, reflect and bring some clarity to your days.
Chapter Intro: In my experience, those three pounds of matter stuck in my skull can send my race day, any day for that matter, into a tailspin quickly. The human organ I am alluding to is obviously the brain. Thoughts can become frantic in a hurry. I call it the "avalanche effect": a small snowball, when allowed to roll and grow, can become a monumental mound of punishing snow, capable of immense destruction. Going mental reminds me of Claudius’ famous line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “When sorrows come, they come not as single spies but in battalions.”