“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could” Zig Ziglar
The power of connection may be greater than any other power. I’m currently reading the book The Power of the Other authored by Dr. Henry Cloud. In his book D
r. Cloud describes the importance of connection and the impact it has on our lives. He uses a great analogy and compares the connectedness
of smartphones to humans.
When we first turn our phones on it goes through a process of trying to connect to a network. If it has trouble doing so or ultimately fails to do so – the phone isn’t much use. Dr. Cloud goes on to say in the book… “We are fueled from the outside from connection with others. Whether it’s a smartphone or human when the system can’t make a connection, it begins to run down.”
Understanding the power of connection is vitally important for educators. Often times we get so caught up in testing, homework, and deadlines that we fail to truly connect with our students and give them a feeling of self-worth. I’m a firm believer that relationships are the foundation to the success of any individual and organization. If we start here – the rest will take care of itself. If a child feels valued, they will perform better. If you feel valued, you will perform better.
Schools can bring any program they we want to. They can purchase any curriculum they desire and bring in the latest and greatest technology. It will not be effective if they haven’t laid a solid foundation of relationships and exhibited a fundamental care for one another.
Zig Ziglar couldn’t have said it any better in his quote posted above. Every single one of us has talents and we are all great at something. Sometimes it takes a little encouragement from others to get that kick started in us. We are so much more than a test score. We are so much more than a letter grade. We are so much more than any single moment of our lives. Behind your flesh is a person that has been programmed to do great things.
Take some time out of your day to encourage others. Take some time out of your day to talk with somebody you may not know. Take some time to listen to their story. We all have a story that is meant to be heard. How many of us (like our cellphones) are trying to make a connection? Cellphone companies are limited in their connections; human beings are not. If every person felt valued, appreciated, loved, and was able to make a connection – maybe when we turn the TV/Radio/Computer on every morning we wouldn’t see/read so much violence.
Have a fabulous day and better yet make someone else’s day fabulous.