Ben Franklin said it best. "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."There are many times in life when we hit a roadblock or some difficulty arises that stops us short of our goal. I don't see that as a failure, but instead a need for more preparation. The great thing about making goals and improvement about a process rather than a destination is that we can always go as far as we have prepared for and rather than stopping, feeling defeated, just step back and prepare some more.Looking at the improvement process in this manner helps us fight off that nasty inner voice that pops up from time to time telling us we aren't good enough or can't have our highest personal success. Realizing that how we show up dictates how we move forward is key. A negative mindset tells us that we can never succeed while a mindset focused on preparing helps us get there, even if it is the third or fourth time we have tried.Take the challenge and see how much you can get done!Want the Transcripts? Get them on my Substack!Don’t Forget to Review the Show!I appreciate you checking out the episodes. I would mean a lot to me if you took a minute right now to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, or wherever you listen! It helps the show out a lot!Who am I?I’ve been an educator in Massachusetts for 23 years.  I’m finishing my 16th year as a building leader.  I’m a teacher centered Principal and passionate about continuous improvement and the idea that success is not a destination, but a process. I’m active on social media, vlog about continuous improvement on a weekly basis, and wrote a book also called SEEing to Lead as a way to help everyone improve education as a whole by promoting my “just cause”: improving the educational experience for as many people as possible by being purposeful, acting with integrity, and building character. SEEing to Lead Extras!Like the content, want to be a guest, or know someone who would? Reach out to me on Twitter at @DrCSJonesHave you taken the time to order and read my latest book! Seeing to Lead is filled with practical resources and personal stories to help you support, engage, and empower those you lead no matter your position!Jimmy Casas said, "If you are a leader who is looking to support, engage and empower your staff, then SEEing to Lead, by Dr. Chris Jones, is a book you will want to pick up and read. Dr. Jones reminds us that building capacity and helping others achieve personal success is the key to elevating your organization and leaving a lasting impact."Get your copy here! Don't forget to leave a rating and review for others. I would appreciate it!Subscribe to My Newsletter! We are all busy, often unsupported, and struggle to stay engaged! Here is a weekly resource that has something to support, engage, and empower you. Not to mention it saves you time by getting to the point! Increase your focus and become a better leader; no matter your position. Check it out here!Get in touch to schedule me for a workshop or presentation!This show is part of the Be Podcast Network. Our podcasts go beyond education as we know it — in any learning environment, formal or informal — and help you be the change you want to see. Learn more about the network and all our shows at We’re thrilled to be sponsored by MyFlexLearning, the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
  1. Prepare
  2. The 5th Learning Principle with Cheryl Johnson
  3. Knowing Yourself
  4. Prerequisites to Effective PD with Steve Ventura
  5. Anticipation
  6. Soulful: You and the Future of Artificial Intelligence with David Espindola.
  7. Mentally Heathy
  8. Skills for Connection with Miriam Campbell
  9. Be Cool, Fall Short
  10. The Career Toolkit & Brain Bump with Mark Herschberg

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Marie Curie