Effective Education Leaders are Energetic
It takes a lot to affect the status quo. Education leaders not only have to be energetic, but they also must understand how to find and utilize their time productively. Remember, working long hours does not always equal success because time is a finite resource. However, energy can be fueled by staying healthy and active, passionate, and positive about your work as well as establishing productive rituals.
You can’t fake being energetic
Remember the old adage, you are only as young as you feel? Well, to a certain extent, this holds up. You can hold on to your youthful vigor forever, as long as you don’t lose sight of this. As a young professional, conditioning your mind and body in a way that is conducive to hard work will help you handle heavy workloads when necessary. This ability can be utilized into old age, though it may wane a bit.
Your energetic spirit is what will set you apart from your competitors. That is because, in the face of hard work and stress, many people crumble, and their bodies shut down. This usually comes out of the blue, and it takes a nervous breakdown or heart attack for them to get the message.
Being energetic is not about sacrificing your health to be successful or working long hours continuously. It is about balancing your health, work, and personal life, and knowing when to slow down a bit. This allows your energy level to stay at equilibrium and for you to remain on top of things. Take care of yourself, as you only get one life. If you die today, your job will probably be posted before your funeral arrangements have been made.
Don’t define yourself by a position or title and don’t define your level of success based on what others think. Just work hard each and every day, using your endless energy to affect change. Even if other people don’t reward you for your efforts, the skills and confidence that you gain should be recompense enough. I know, because although I often felt overlooked at my teaching and leadership stops, I gain millions of dollars worth of connections and skills. I used these connections and skills to build my own education company, and now the only person that I try to impress each day is myself.