At the start of each year, we take a step back and think about the goals that we hope to accomplish. I recently came across a quote that helped me get into a positive mindset for 2018 - "Hold the Vision, Trust the Process". This quote is nothing new or extraordinary, but it was such a simple piece of advice. This quote helped me determine that my OneWord for 2018 is  FOCUS! 

FOCUS - the word itself hits you pretty hard. The word alone is a message, a sign, a warning. As we continue through our days, we tend to miss so much because we are distracted. I can guarantee that I am not the only one who feels this way, but as educators, our minds continuously race and almost never are at rest. This seems to sum up my days, and I have to say, I don't like it very much. 

As I set daily and weekly goals for myself, I try to focus on the things that need immediate attention or that are most important to my daily routines. At the top of that list are my wife and two sons! There are times when I am too distracted and I am missing my little guys grow up. My immediate focus is on them, and how I can continue to do things for them - how I can become a better role model, father, and support system for them. 

This idea of focus goes beyond family and work balance. It is also me having an intense focus on the things that will help me get to the point I want to achieve in my career. We all have these passions, goals, and desires that pull us in so many different directions, if you know me, I am no different. I want to make sure that my focus does not waver, and that I continue to push myself to focus on the end goal that I have set for myself (more on that down the road).  

What is your FOCUS going forward? I'd love to hear about it. Please feel free to share in the comments, or drop me a message on twitter @AJBianco. 


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