Nelson Mandela’s words in PeachQuotes Studio’s Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 6, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” is a powerful way to approach 2016. So many of us begin each New Year filled with new resolve, eager to make new and better choices. Yet, many decisions people make are, in fact, driven not by what people hope for and truly want, but by what they fear and truly do not want. When hope is the catalyst for choices, anything’s possible—and when that hope is backed up with focus, commitment, hard work, and talent, many positives are sure to come.
As with any rapidly growing entrepreneurial enterprise, running Teacher Peach means we have great opportunities to make choices based on both hopes and fears. Most days, we encounter both; as our Chief Peach, my job is to be sure we acknowledge the fears and “hope” our way forward. At Teacher Peach, we take big risks each day in the smartest ways we know how. (OK, some days are definitely smarter than others, but we keep moving forward, even then.)
My secret? I have a laser lock on our company’s vision to support teachers. This helps me to focus on our hopes, paying careful attention to identify and understand when (and why) a fear or two slips into the mix. I work to listen to our fears, figure out what we must learn from them, use them to help us dig deeper, ask more questions, make smarter decisions—and even better products.
Each day, the Teacher Peach team works to make the best possible choices—based on our deep belief in teachers. We anchor our actions to the hope that our work on behalf of teachers does and will continue to make a difference. Our mission to provide social and emotional support to the teachers who support so many is all about hope.
Some days, we need to “trust in hopes” because tangible evidence isn’t obvious. Yet, when we hear from teachers who love our products, when a blogger writes a glowing review, or when I board an airplane only to see someone carrying a tote bag I designed to send positive messages about what it means be a teacher—those hope-filled infusions go a long way. They help keep our team on track.
What are your hopes for your 2016 choices? Fear not—as they say. If you make a choice that doesn’t work as well as you’d like, just make another one! Check out our choice products for teachers at teacherpeach.com. We “hope” you’ll love what you see.