Today > tomorrow. The power of not putting things off.

As I do every Sunday morning, earlier today I tweeted my weekly #SundayInspiration quote/saying. As a scrolled through the many graphics saved in my phone to use this week I stumbled upon one by one of my top educational heroes, Angela Maiers. I’ve blogged about the impact Angela has had on my life and career along with the significant contributions she’s made directly to me in the past as well as ongoing.

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http://edge.ascd.org/blogpost/refreshed-recharged-and-ready-to-go-in-2016-17

https://brendanfetters.com/2016/12/17/listening-caring-reflecting-a-true-holiday-gift/

Today’s quote was a simple and powerful “Maiersism”….

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As I tweeted it out, I didn’t give it much thought. Simply put my phone down and went on with my day. As the day went on I received more feedback on it. Texts, direct messages, far beyond just the usual likes and retweets. This quote connected with so many folks of all walks – far beyond educators only. My dear friend and administrative mentor Chas Miller even went as far as to utilize this tweet as one of the foundation points for his latest blog post today.

Think about it. How many times have we uttered the word tomorrow and whatever it was either didn’t get accomplished fully, or even at all.

I’ll call that parent tomorrow to brag on the amazing work their child is doing in class.

I’ll take time read an article, book or magazine that will help me as an educator — tomorrow.

Tomorrow I’m going to lay the foundation for courageous conversations within our grade level team.

These are a small sampling of powerful events in education. However, the word tomorrow holds each of them back. Whenever in life or career when we put off for tomorrow what should be done today, it very rarely maintains the power as in the moment.

The urge to put things off is often very strong, and such is the case for me. However, we as educators and frankly, humans must fight that urge to do what is best for our profession, student, colleagues, etc.

As Garth Brooks sang in The River “too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away. ‘Til what we put off ’til tomorrow has now become today” truly has such power and relates to this post significantly.

You have an agenda, a plan. Do you tackle it now, at least lay the foundation or do you put it off until tomorrow. The choice is yours. The ball is in your court.

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