Wondering If What You do Matters? This Pep Talk Is For You


If we consider all that’s wrong with the world and all the work we have to do to get our students where they need to be in order to become functional members of society, we will become overwhelmed at the gargantuan task before us. There are moments when the issues of the world and in our schools seem totally insurmountable and we’d like to throw up our hands and give up, but that’s not who we are and that’s not what we do. Instead of fleeing or freezing, we roll up our sleeves and get to work.


We have to remember that our time is finite and we can only do so much. Slow down and focus on the task at hand; lean into it. No, that lesson you’re working on won’t change the world, but it makes a crack and over time those little cracks add up. It won’t be a single moment in your job that turns a school around. Stop waiting for that “ah ha” moment and get back to work. Little by little each day what you do is making a difference. School counselors are social architects who work behind the scenes to create change, but it’s rarely ever a single initiative, more often it’s a myriad of factors.

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”    -Bill Gates


Stop being afraid of failing! So, what if that lesson was a flop or your group went bust. Each “failure” is just another iteration, another step toward figuring out what works. The only way that you’ll actually fail is if you give up. We teach growth mindset to kids, but we sometimes forget ourselves just how vulnerable we feel to try something where we might fail. We have to risk being wrong and looking stupid. Trying a new technique, a new lesson, or a different approach can be scary, especially if what we have done before has worked. We have to be willing to take action, even if it means that your plan doesn’t turn out the way you’d hoped.

“Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.”      -Michael Hyatt

So, all of that to remind you to breathe and forget the whole picture, the magnitude of your vision. If we can focus on the process and the moment, we can create radical change with one lesson, one session, and one kid at a time. What you do every day really does matter.