At Blackburn Central High School we believe that every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. To me, teachers are a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom within their students.Our Year 11 students are working hard preparing for their upcoming summer GCSE examinations; so I’d like to use this opportunity to offer them some additional advice, which could also be useful to the rest of the extended BCHS with Crosshill community.
The decision to change and grow is a powerful tool that can help you move forward, but you need to make a conscious choice to develop yourself. It’s easy to feel aimless when you’re not working towards a concrete goal, so narrow in on what you’d like to accomplish in the near future. What do you want to achieve? There is no “perfect” answer, but you can find an answer through trial and error.
Now that you have something to aim for, brainstorm for ways to get yourself to where you want to be. Look to people who have already done what you’d like to do, and follow their example or ask them for advice.
You are more than capable enough to achieve whatever you want to achieve, but you might forget that when you hit an obstacle. A success list, a collection of your accomplishments, can help to remind you why you shouldn’t let go of your confidence. Record all accomplishments, regardless of size, in a book or on a blog. When you start to doubt yourself look at all of the positive things you’ve done to remind yourself that you can accomplish your goals. Large accomplishments are really just a collection of small accomplishments. Don’t ever think that your accomplishments are too small to be proud of.
Set your own benchmarks, some people progress faster than others. Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon, focus on what you can do to improve yourself instead of comparing yourself to other people. Keep growing, setting goals, and moving forward, one step at a time, and you will continually impress yourself. It doesn’t matter how slowly we go. What matters is that we keep going.
As Jean-Luc Picard expressed “Things are only impossible until they’re not. Seize the time… live now; make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again. Inside you is the potential to make yourself better, and that is what it is to be human. To make yourself more than you are. Make it so.”