Explorations and Reflections

on awakening the true self  in education

  • Mick Scott

The difference between a problem and an opportunity is ONLY our perception.


This cube: which square do you see in front, red or gray?

Now, switch it in your mind and see it the other way. You can do it.

Nothing has to change about the cube for us to see it newly.

A shift in perspective can be the most powerful, inspiring, and effective motivation we ever need in our lives. It's not magic, but it is quite magical.

If we can find the opportunity in our problems, the problems dissolve and we’re left only with opportunities.

We don’t need to change or fix ourselves or our circumstances to have a whole new experience of our problems and challenges.

Every problem can be transformed into an opportunity. Every. Single. One.

Now, don’t go making yourself wrong if you can’t see the opportunities in your current problems. That type of judging and make-wrong doesn’t help! It’s a vicious circle we sometimes put ourselves in where we add layers of judgments onto ourselves - it doesn't help, and it makes challenges more painful.

Instead, simply start to inquire:

Where is the opportunity in this challenge?

How could I respond to this challenge in a way that feels great?

What outcome to this situation would inspire me?

How can I use this problem to improve my life and the lives of people around me?

How would an empowered person respond?

How would I love to respond?

How would I respond if I could respond ANY way?

The difference between a problem and an opportunity is our perception. Start there. When we do, problems dissolve before our eyes.

Thanks so much for reading. ❤️

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I was asked: “How are you?”

I responded: “I’m great! How are you?”

And then I listened to the response.

In this 10-second exchange with someone this week, I saw two extremely powerful insights.

Insight #1: We look to our stories to determine how we’re doing

When I was asked “How are you?”, I paused ever-so-slightly to inquire within. How am I, really?

Mostly, we look to our current stories about ourselves and our lives to determine how we're doing.

If I’ve currently got an empowering or positive story in my mind, I say that I’m great! If I’ve got a busy, stressful story in my mind, I say that I’m stressed or harried. And so on...

So when someone asks us “How are you?”, we mostly look to our stories to tell us how we’re doing.

Insight #2: I create that I’m great.

For years now I’ve had a few key practices that give me the space to release any stories or feelings that would otherwise trap me in a stuck way of thinking or feeling (Complaints, Excuses, and What Ifs are three of these practices).

My morning routine utilizes one of these practices to empty my mind and ground my body to give me room to create who I am going to be each day - and with practice, I can now create that space within and create who I am in most moments throughout my day.

And one of these is who I typically create myself as:

  • I am unconditionally in love with life.

  • I am ease, enjoyment, and love.

  • I am courageous, creative, and empowered.

So when someone asks me how I’m doing, it’s become automatic that I inquire within, I transform any disempowering stories about myself or my life, and I re-create who I am.

And, yes, that leaves me feeling pretty great!

It is indeed our stories that determine for most of us how we're doing in life. Where most of us get stuck is in trying to change the circumstances of our lives to change the story. If we have a busy, frustrating, or stressful story running the show, we try to change our circumstances to change our story.

What if instead we were able to transform those old, disempowering stories about our lives and create new stories without even changing the circumstances? Stories that freed us, empowered us, and gave us agency and insight to live a great life?

Our created stories are just as real, if not more real, as the ones we already let dictate our feelings about our lives. The difference is that WE create our new stories, whereas we inherited the old ones.

What if we could change the story we have about our lives and our circumstances - same life, same circumstances, but a whole new way of looking at it all - and give ourselves access to the type of freedom, creativity, and power to love life and be empowered no matter what?

Thanks so much for reading. ❤️

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  • Mick Scott

In the first days of a new school year, we teachers are setting the expectations and standards for our classrooms. It’s about future workability in our classrooms and in our lives.

But we can’t set these expectations only for the future, or else we fall into the trap of forcing outcomes and using the ends to justify disrespectful means.

What’s the best way to cultivate compassion, integrity, creativity, and curiosity in my classroom? Embody all those things on the first day and every day after. Those words aren’t just outcomes to me - they’re a way of life as a teacher.

What’s the best way to cultivate health, enjoyment, love, and effective action in our lives? Plant seeds of those things in this present moment.

This moment is the seed of all future moments. Regardless of whatever we’ve done and whoever we’ve been in the past, this moment is the beginning of what comes next. What are you planting?

Take those actions now that support a thriving future for yourself and the people you care about. If you’re stressed, relax and let your spinning mind settle - we do our clearest and most creative and effective thinking when our minds are calm. If you’re anxious, take some deep breaths and ground yourself in what you know to be true.

What do you want to create more of in the future? Love, enjoyment, ease, peace of mind, passion, excitement, connection? What else?

We’re constantly tending our garden for the future. The secret to tending it well: fall in love, in the present, with gardening.

If you want to be healthy, learn to enjoy making healthy choices now - see the benefit for the future, yes, but also see the benefit for you now. If you want great relationships, practice being honest, courageous, and compassionate - your future self will thank you, and your present self will be empowered and connected.

What would you like to have in your future? Plant seeds for it now and tend that garden.

“All that exists is the seed of what will emerge from it.” - Marcus Aurelius

Thanks so much for reading. ❤️

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