Just be 10% braver is such a small phrase but it has a massive impact. During moments when you wonder should I, could I when you add be 10% braver it removes the hesitation.
I hesitated about applying to speak at the Festival of Education and then submitted my application. I now look back and can't believe I spoke about happiness in schools to a packed out venue. So much better than wishing I had done it.
I really wanted to find out more about wellbeing and strategies to improve student life toolkits. When faced with falling School CPD budgets and a negative from school leaders I decided to take control of my own training. Looking back on my last 2 years of personally funded CPD I can't believe I have done it. I used my mental health first aid techniques lots this year and can't believe I just got myself on the course instead of hoping it would be offered by school. I can't believe I am now trained to be a mindfulness teacher and in just a few weeks I will be teaching year 7s. So much better than hoping, wishing and waiting for CPD budgets to enable me to train.
Talking about mental health strategies in some schools can mean being on a different page to others. My 10% braver was to seek out similar voices via WomenEd unconference I found more than a few. So much better than wishing there were a school and leadership community where mental health is a priority, I have sought out that school too.
There are moments in our careers when it would be easy to just continue in your current role. Changing schools, trusts and roles can be a scary thought but that 10% braver mantra is powerful. Looking back I can't believe I am about to work in a values based school with mindful mornings and creating a school community from scratch. So much better than wishing.