There have been quite a few times in my teaching career that I needed Dwight Carter’s article, “10 Steps to Overcome Self-Destruction.” His simple list of encouraging ideas reminded me that we are often our own worst enemies and we allow ourselves to spriral down into a sea of negativity. If that’s not bad enough, we bring that negativity with us into the classroom, and students often misinterpret the underlying unhappiness/dissatisfaction/insecurity as a criticism of them. 

Instead of allowing ourselves to be our own worst enemy, we need to take an active role in focusing on our blessings and spreading positive energy in our classrooms.  In his simple wisdom, Carter reminds us to stop complaining (and avoid people who do) and avoid excuses.  Focus on your passion, take action, and learn something new.  So simple, but something we all need to hear!