With rapt attention, I listened. My hungry mind sprinted. My note-taking fingers sped. My eager spirit soared...then sputtered.
Sunday, like a 13-year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert, I listened to Lucy Calkins present at my state’s annual reading conference. Her topic: Ambitious Reform and Teaching Reading. Lucy’s message was transcendent and big and transferable, as you may expect. In Teachers College lingo, it excelled in 'stickiness'.
Which, leads me to the one statement that echoes through my mind and now stands before my carnival mirror perceptions: your no’s define your brand.
This thought from Tim Calkins, Lucy’s brother and prominent advertising executive, invited listeners to the core of our existence…if you never say no, then you don’t have a brand. Even Warren Buffet maintains that every important yes requires 1000 no’s.
So, what do I say no to?
Drugs, cigarettes, over-priced denim, deep-fried butter,
worksheets, 'busy' projects...
some important; some frivolous.
Desperately random. Inconsistent.
But, looming in the shadows of this abbreviated list is another one...one much longer, more personal. The list of things I'd like to say no to but currently can not, will not, or do not.
Starbucks everyday, my perfectionist tendencies,
Leaving Lucy's session, my uneasy thoughts danced before the mirror's sensational views. Glance, avoid. Glance, avoid.
Where's my courage?
What's my brand?
Why can't I, won't I, don't I say no when my heart pushes me to?
I think it's a case of "NO definition"...what would you prescribe?