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I love working out and this past fall I joined one of the hot trends that is Orangetheory Fitness. For those that do not know what it is, it is a heart-rate and interval based intense workout with over 400 locations globally. I have become obsessed.

While there are so many things that I love about OTF—it leaves me feeling amazing and exhausted. It is female-owned and it’s a community—I realized early on that it prioritizes individual goals because every member has their own reason(s) for being there. My goals started off small, like surviving my first class and have become more and more aggressive as I achieve the smaller ones.

Every school has its own, unique goals. In the big picture they may all be similar like increasing enrollment, building an endowment, providing more professional development for our teachers. But at the individual school level you have all built your own foundations and are starting from your own start-line in thinking about what success looks like in 1, 3, or 5 years.

Now that summer is right around the corner (Yay!), it is an optimal time for your school community to agree on goals, and how to strategically achieve them over the coming months and years. And not only should we work on school-level goals, but within those goals, individual team members should create their own.

It has been studied that people tend to be more successful at accomplishing goals when they share them with others. So, what are your goals? Where do you want your school to be in 1, 3, or 5 years?