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Your Big “BUT”


Recently, I was conducting a workshop on rigor to a group of teachers. Throughout the two days, we unpacked their standards and developed a highly rigorous unit plan that they could immediately teach once they returned to school. The teachers struggled with this new way of thinking at first, but as they went through the process, the become more and more excited about teaching this way.

At the end of the workshop, we were wrapping things up and one teacher commented, “This has been so amazing. I just wish I could teach this way.”

Others nodded in agreement. I stopped for a moment, completely shocked.

“Why can’t you teach this way,” I asked incredulously.

That’s when the excuses started. “I would love to teach this way…”
“BUT… I don’t have time to plan”
“BUT…my colleagues won’t get on board,”
“But…I don’t have the support of my administrator,”
“BUT…my curriculum is already prescribed for me.”
And on and on and on.

I’ve been getting this a lot lately. People confide in me all the time, “I would love to teach this way and I believe it’s the right thing but… I don’t have the time right now to make it work.”
“I believe that this would transform my school BUT…my teachers will never get on board.”
“I’d love to go back to school BUT…I have kids.”
“I really want to write a book myself BUT… I keep putting it off.”
“I would love to come to your fall intensives BUT…I don’t have the money.”

Have you noticed that the only thing standing in between you and your dreams is your big BUT?

It’s not that your big BUT isn’t real. You may not have the time, or the money, or the support, or the availability to pursue the things that really matter right now. However, there are others who face the same challenges under the same (or even worse) circumstances, and still go on to do amazing things in their lives and have amazing impact on the lives of others.

The difference?

Their WHY is bigger than their BUT.

You see, if your WHY is big enough, you’ll figure out the how.

We tend to focus on the reasons we can’t do something and lose sight of the reasons why we should.

When I wanted to write Never Work Harder Than Your Students, I had a really huge BUT. I was about to be promoted to what many would consider a dream job. If I took the promotion, I wouldn’t have time to write the book. If I wanted to write the book, I would have to quit my job and potentially ruin my career. In fact, I was told that if I quit my job, I would never work in that district again.

Not only that, but if I quit, I would have no health insurance, no income, and no idea what I would do once the book was written.

Oh yeah, I also had no book deal, no publisher, and no idea how to write a book. I’d never written a book before.

What I did have was a really big WHY.

In fact, my WHY was way bigger than my BUT.

So I quit my job, started writing what was in my heart, and figured it out along the way.

It wasn’t easy.

In fact, it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done in my life.

But when you’ve got a big WHY, your BUT gets smaller.

If you’ve been letting your big BUT get in the way of your dreams and keep you from making the difference you were meant to make in the world, it’s time to focus on your big WHY instead.

I’ll be showing how to do just that at both of our fall intensives in a special Bonus Session I’ve just added to both events. During that session, I’ll help you get past what may be holding you back and tap into your BIG Why. You’ll leave with a renewed focus on your mission and vision, ready and equipped to make a huge difference in the lives of those you serve. Don’t let your big BUT get in the way of joining me this fall. Register here.