Tag Archives: Motivation

It’s all about the moment!

What is the most important thing about this moment for you?

I have finished reading Sir Ken Robinson’s book ‘Creative Schools – Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up’

I loved it. I was so taken with the sense of possibility and the examples of how people have made such a difference in schools around the world. The thing that always strikes me when I hear or read these things is that in order for this type inspirational change to occur the situation has often hit the lowest point it can. All other main stream options have not produced the results required so the school (often with a new head) is given the freedom to do things differently or creatively! Then all manner of great things happen.

This is a problem because most of the education system is kind of ‘OK’ in most peoples eyes. We want things to be better but don’t want to rock the boat too much. But these great things would happen in any school in any situation.

Why would you not want to:

-Listen to what the children say
-Have happy staff all working together with a common ethos
-Be surrounded by happy, positive people
-Enjoy being part of the whole community of pupils,staff,parents and those living around the school
-Share in the joy of learning together

The real question should be for all schools – Is what you are doing in this moment from a place of fear or joy?

I say this partly because as I finished the book I read a review from a writer at TES which absolutely slated it.
While everyone is entitled to their opinions what I was left with was my roller coaster of emotions.

I had finished reading Creative Schools and felt great, then I read the review and felt heartbroken and sad. After some thought it seemed to me that my feelings were not about what was said in the review (or the book for that matter) but the feeling I got from the writers.

One was open, positive and almost a celebration of joy and the other a fearful slamming. My interest is in why the review was written in the way it was rather than just the fact it didn’t agree with the book.

I took this thought forward into some music workshops I have been doing at an Academy School. This school is in the middle of a very poor area. There are major behavioural issues with some pupils and I know the school is changing its focus away from being creative to a more ‘traditional’ outlook. This always saddens me because I know how the arts can really speak to those children who seem so lost in school. I started to get a little despondent about the situation and the system and how things could be ‘better’ in my eyes anyway.

It sometimes seems so hard to make people see the whole picture but I realised that you don’t have to. At that moment I had the opportunity to share my joy of what we were doing with the class. My energy came from excitement and joy not fear. While one or two children still seemed to find their situation a struggle a larger proportion willed each other to a level of achievement and enjoyment not felt before. It is only for an hour a week for 8 weeks but each visit has a sense of opportunity, it opens a window of light for those children to have seen only darkness for lots of their life.

Given a blank canvass I would do the workshops in a very different way in a different system. That used to be my frustration but now I see that in every moment I can except what I can not change and show those around me what could be.

At this point every moment is opening someones window a little further and that is ‘my’ most important thing.
It is the collection of everyones ‘moments’ that helps change and it is creating a place to share these joyful experiences I want to focus on now.

Here are the links to Sir Ken Robinson’s book and the TES review. I would be very interested to know your thoughts.

http://sirkenrobinson.com/creative-schools-the-grassroots-revolution-thats-transforming-education/

https://www.tes.co.uk/news/blog/tom-bennett-reviews-‘creative-schools-grassroots-revolution-thats-changing-education’-ken

Thanks for now…..

Mark

inspirationAL alarm clock – helping you raise money for charity

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I wanted to say a big thank you to all those people who have downloaded our app inspirationAL – wake up inspired

Our aim was to create a cool universal app that would wake people up with an inspirational quote to set them up for the best day possible.
We have done this and are continually working to improve it for you.

Behind the quotes is a wealth of information because every quote has a link to the person who contributed it. Those who click the links will find inspiring people who have amazing stories and insights to a whole range of life experiences. Their passion is to help people live their life fully no matter what situation they find themselves in. I urge you to delve behind the quotes and explore the wisdom on offer. It may help now or in the future but it is there for YOU.

The app is still FREE to download with 14 quotes provided with the alarms. It is fully functioning and if you like it the in-app purchase enables you to have an unlimited number of quotes.

However we want to help you further. We are now giving a high percentage of the in-app purchase money to a charity you nominate.

How it works:

– You as our app user contact us to say you want to raise money for a charity you are supporting, it can be any registered organisation large or small. Eg A Local school to The Red Cross

– You get as many people as possible to download the app for FREE by using your social media and word of mouth.

– We then give you a designated date(s) for all those people to make the in-app purchase.

– We then give you a percentage of WORLD sales on the date(s) agreed. It’s that simple!

– We get daily analytics so we can show you exactly how many downloads we received.

– Currently for the US we will donate $1.50 from every purchase. (£1 in the UK contact us for other countries)
The current in-app price is $2.99 we receive $2.10 after Apple take their fees so you can see you get a very large portion. The rest we reinvest to help others have the same opportunity.

This really is for everybody. I am using the app myself in this way to raise money for a local hospice I volunteer at here in the UK.

You can follow everything that people are raising money for by liking us on Facebook, follow on Twitter or this blog.

T : @iAL_app
FB : inspirationAL – wake up inspired app

email : info@littleshedmedia.com
http://www.littleshedmedia.com

Download the FREE app NOW!
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/inspirational-wake-up-inspired/id869268790?mt=8

Thanks for following and being involved.

Mark

Guest blog – Julie Creffield

Most teenage girls collect Lipsticks CDs or even boys numbers, but not me – No I collected quotes…yep you read that right QUOTES. Now remember we are taking about the early ninety’s long before the rise of Facebook or Instagram.

I don’t really know how it started as I didn’t exactly grow up in a household full of motivational speakers, unless you count “if you don’t get up those stairs” as self help but to escape the humdrum of life I would lock myself away in my room away from my siblings and flip through my various diaries and notebooks that were filled with scribbles or cutting of things I had read or heard that struck a cord with me.

Sometimes these were from famous people and sometimes just important people in my life like my Nan, who’s advice to me was “Don’t settle for the first guy you meet, try out a whole heap until you find one you like”

I guess at aged 13 or 14 it is hard to see that life will ever be any different from the life you see around you. Living in the East End in amongst a very working class community and a family of builders and caregivers words of wisdom were far and few between and often too difficult to put into a context of my own.

As an adult I still have moments where I feel overwhelmed with the stresses and strains of life and take comfort in the motivational quotes I can easily bring to mind to help cope with a difficult situation. “Better to be looked over than overlooked” from Mae West has been the motto to my life, and “better to reach for the stars…” well we all know that one don’t we.

I have always been a creative person of sorts, but blogging has taken this to a whole new level. When I started my blog in 2010 I never imagined anyone other than my friends and family would read it, but in some ways it took me back to those days where I filled notebooks with my thoughts, and the thoughts of others with the hope that one day someone would find them and be enlightened in some way. Even at aged 13 I had a weird sense of importance I guess.

Blogging takes this to a whole new level though because if you have something important to say to the world, technology enables you to broadcast it and sometimes the world kind of stands up and starts to listen and the more they listen the more you realise that the messages you share really can have the ability to help someone who is having a bad day.

So when Mark asked me to contribute some words of wisdom ie some QUOTES to his App I was secretly over the moon, little did he know that I had waited my whole life for the opportunity to be the creator of quotes rather than the collector of them.

I don’t know when that point came in my life where people actually started to take notice of what I had to say, but it is an almighty privilege and a little scary some times. My work on The Fat Girls Guide to Running blog might be about motivating overweight and inactive women to take up running, but in fact many of the little sayings I find myself repeating over and over apply to other areas of people’s lives.

You don’t need to be Fat or Unfit to find lessons about facing your fears, or caring less about what strangers think about you – in this world we are often so wrapped up in what we are doing we give little care or attention to what others are up to, so all those little voices in our head need to be silenced, especially if we want to achieve those Big Fat Stupid Goals I bang on about all the time.

I wish Mark and his team all the very best with their InspirationAL app, and I hope if nothing else the quotes I submitted make you stop for a moment and think. You never know, they might even end up in someone else’s scrapbook in years to come.

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