A foxhole is a hole in the earth that’s used by a soldier as a small fort. From the safety of a foxhole, troops are protected somewhat against enemy fire.
Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. ~Dalai Lama
An administrator I work with said to me ‘You are the person I want next to me in the foxhole. You get it.’ I really appreciated this compliment because the people in your foxhole (aka work, school, and life) should always lift you up and protect you from the enemy. The enemy in this case being people (‘negative nellies’ or ‘emotional vampires’) that inevitably take you off of your ‘A-Game’ and prevent you from accomplishing your priorities and ultimately your vision. My focus is to always uplift others, inspire those around me, and encourage everyone I know to step outside of their comfort zones to achieve their goals and vision.
I get it. Everyday is a battle. It takes a special kind of vigilance to protect your space, your time and your emotional and mental energy. It comes down to one question, ‘Who do you want in your foxhole’? Who is there fighting beside you, day in and day out, side by side making the world a better place? Who is there beside you positively influencing the world for a better tomorrow? Those are your people! They are your troops. Those people are your tribe…protecting each other from the harshness of the world and lifting each other up to do powerful and inspiring work each and every day.
Sometimes our paths cross people that make other people less productive, less happy, off balance and ineffective. It’s the way they roll. All. The. Time. All the time! Are they stealing the time you need to fulfill your vision? Are they costing you your personal time and space? Are they disrupting your inner peace? Have you noticed that there are people in your circle consistently starting problems, bringing people down, decreasing productivity of their colleagues or being a free-loader while you do all the work and take all the heat?
Those aren’t the people you can count on to be in your ‘foxhole’ day in and day out launching ‘positivity grenades’. Unfortunately some people will infiltrate your foxhole, where you are doing the good work, and the hard work, that must be done. These individuals, though small in numbers, proliferate negativity and toxicity. Don’t let the emotional vampires infiltrate your foxhole. Minimize interaction with people who are taking you off of your ‘A-Game’ and try to limit involvement with the one or two percent of people who make your world and specifically your work and school community less positive. You are a positive and productive leader and quite simply the other 98% of ‘your people’, the ones with you in the foxhole, deserve your time and attention way more.
I believe in recognizing people who inspire others and I would love to hear from you about the people who are in your foxhole.
Click this LINK HERE to nominate an educator that embodies the values of EDSolutions Group and inspires everyone around them to stay in the positivity zone. Or you may submit your nomination via email at Lisa@edsolutionsgroup.com and nominate an educator. If you opt to email me, put ‘Inspired Educator’ in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Who is an INSPIRED EDUCATOR? EDSolutions Group ideates, creates, and executes programs that help educational institutions achieve their vision thereby creating brighter and happier futures for their students, educators, and stakeholders. The Inspired Educator Award is designed to recognize educators that inspire the best in their students and inspire positivity in colleagues and stakeholder partners and belief in all that is good about our educational system. Inspired Educators live in the ‘positivity zone’ and create an atmosphere of ‘anything is possible’. Inspired Educators are those leaders in education that work tirelessly, and often without recognition, to make the world a better place. Inspired Educators create meaningful, positive, and memorable experiences for students and families and give hope to ALL students with aspirations to succeed in school and life. EDSolutions GROUP honors Inspired Educators for their selflessness and for the transformative impact they have on the school, community and the world”.
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