If you can dream it, you can achieve it

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“If you can dream it, you can achieve it” is absolutely true and I use it in every aspect of my personal and professional life each day. Are you doing the same?

There are certain quotes that just help and ring true – so what are your dreams in your life and how can you achieve them? Your dreams are your visions and then you need to put an action plan into place, ‘a mission’, to achieve them!

This is true in drama and singing teaching rooms too – a child dreams of performing a certain character, being cast in a certain role, or a parent hopes to help their child become more confident.

Set that goal and then make the plan and implement it to achieve it.

I remember years ago, when I was a peripatetic teacher of singing in many different schools, that I always had termly goals, ‘dreams’, for my pupils including different auditions, exam and performances that each pupil needed to prepare for. To help me train those pupils to their end goals I used weekly lesson plans. I loved my teaching and all the pupils that I taught but what I didn’t enjoy was feeling like a second class citizen in the music department, of little value in the eyes of other members of staff throughout the school and the lack of career progression and sense of achievement for myself.

I found the summer holidays immensely difficult financially and it was a really hard place to find myself in. From what I can gather with the team of tutors and Principals that now work with me not much has changed in the ‘peri’ world. Does any of this ring true for you?

It will not feel like this for every peripatetic teacher, some will be very happy and very satisfied in their work year upon year. It was just not enough for me there was always something missing for me. I didn’t feel totally happy. I had a burning ambition for something else to fulfil me but I didn’t know what that ‘something’ was until the birth of Little Voices. I stumbled across my impetus for my dream. My dream was made with Little Voices and each day I am now living the mission with the plan to achieve it.

Try to take some time out to either plan what your dreams/goals are or maybe, like me, you will stumble across it. It might even be Little Voices. But honestly if you are not truly happy, have some serious thinking time, dream and then plan to achieve the dream!

Happy dreaming!

Jane

 

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You only have one chance!

How has 2015 been so far for you? We only have ONE chance you know!

It is the 20th April and we are well into Spring. I am not sure what the weather was like with you this morning but it was absolutely glorious here in the North West. Blue skies, sunshine – the signs of summer! What have you learnt so far this year?

I learnt some big lessons in March following pneumonia and pleurisy, hospital visits, doctors visits and a long time in bed! This experience was nature telling me to slow down, telling me to take stock, rest and reassess- I am absolutely sure of it. I was so lucky I had a team around me I have built a system that ensures that everything still functions even if I am incapacitated. Don’t get me wrong I would not wish this on my worst enemy but just take a minute this morning to consider what would happen to your income if you were taken ill for several weeks/months or worse?

I just wanted to share what I learnt the hard way with you. Having worked so hard for 8 years and sacrificed so much time and work/life balance I learnt 2 valuable lessons in March.

I learnt the value of having a team around me

I learnt that life is precious and the things that are important need to come first – like being a mummy – as we only have ONE chance at this.

So each day I am going to get the things done first that are going to ensure that myself and my daughter are happy.  I learnt the hard way that for things to be perfect and for money to still flow in and for everyone to be happy it does not have to all centre around me. My team were outstanding when I was off, to the point where several parents have contacted me since and said that they didn’t even know I was absent or ill. This is testament to an amazing team and an amazing teaching system.

Honestly, if you get a team working with you and a system working you really reap the rewards.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Jane