The only advice you need for 2019

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Stop listening to the little voice in your head. You know the one. It goes by many names, but its purpose is always the same. It wants you to be less. Do less. Talk less. Try less. JUST FIT IN! it says. 

You know why junior high is so weird? It’s this voice.

Seth Godin calls it the lizard brain.

Steven Pressfield calls it the resistance.

Mel Robbins just calls it the little voice in your head that you let stand in your way.

It’s your reptilian brain, your amgydala, located deep within your brain, and responsible for your most basic emotions and desires — fear, aggression, reproduction. It’s kept you safe for millions of years by keeping you down. But, for the most part, you don’t need it anymore. 

There’s no tiger hiding in the bushes. 

You’re not going to get kicked out of the tribe and die if someone doesn’t like your idea. 

If it’s a good idea, it might change your whole life. But that’s a risk, and the lizard brain is going to tell you not to take it.

If you want to create change, you have to learn to ignore the voice. Better yet, lean into the voice. The voice is like the titular birds in the movie Bird Box: they get loud when danger is near. In this case, if the voice in the back of your head is getting louder, it probably means you have an original idea, one that might change everything. The louder the bird or the voice gets, the more you need to act.

You need to figure out how to quiet the voice in your head, and you’ve also got to teach your students this.

How to try.
How to get over the fear of being laughed at.
How to get over the fear of getting it wrong.
How to speak up.
How to stand up.

If you want your students to be the future and to have the remarkable lives they dream about, start acknowledging the major thing that holds us all back: ourselves.