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Build to Last: How to Improve your Mindset with Vision Casting and Decision Making


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Welcome to part 1 of the 4-part series, the Build to Last workshop.

Every single week, over the next four weeks, we’re going to be digging into specific areas that will uplevel and give you the confidence, the decision-making skills, and practical strategies for your center. 

In this episode, I am joined by Sharon Hopson. She is the owner of the Bella Vita Montessori in Omaha, Nebraska.

We share tips on understanding what you tell yourself, the thoughts that you believe in, and how these create your reality.

As a school director, equipping yourself with the pragmatic leadership drills we walk through today will help you uplevel your mindset, and get better, smarter, faster, stronger, and wiser.

With a positive mindset, you can acknowledge and tackle every challenge without it affecting your own mental and emotional well-being, your staff, or the school’s culture.


In a nutshell, we talk about

  • Leveling up your mindset and approaching things with positivity 
  • How to manage your time more efficiently
  • Creating, embracing, and practicing your boundaries and knowing when to violate them
  • Releasing stress and inviting calm and rest
  • Inviting someone into what you are thinking, given that you are not a machine and can’t do everything by yourself

           …and so much more!


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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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