Think about the lessons you teach, the events you plan, or the meetings you facilitate. No matter the topic, a lot of time and effort goes into making sure they are productive and engaging.

It’s not easy. With the hope of walking away having completed something (student learning or a planned event, for instance), it can be easy to find a method that works and stick with it. It’s safe. It’s proven. However, do it enough times and it becomes predictable. Ineffective. Boring.

What’s holding you back from trying something radical? From taking what you know works and blowing it up? For most it’s fear. Fear of failure is rampant; it’s evident in our learners, teachers, and leaders. This is where Nikki and I talk about needing to flip failure.

When we focus on failure we end up dreading disaster. We talk ourselves out of innovating because it’s easier to list what could go wrong rather than imagine what could go right. But, that’s the idea, isn’t it? It should be harder to list what could go right if the activities you’re planning allow for choice, inquiry, investigation, and variance.

That’s the power of expecting awesome. You may not be able to quantify it ahead of time, but what does get accomplish or created will usually far exceed what you had even hoped.

What awesomeness are you expecting today?

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