One way to help students use a strengths-based approach to steady improvement sounds simpler than it is.

Celebrate success

If we only allow ourselves to feel good when we finally achieve a distant goal, we’re dooming ourselves to failure.

Part of the problem with lifestyle choices, good or bad, is that you don’t always see instant results.

Try this simple, visual trick. 

Take an old glass jar and, every time you complete a healthy habit, drop a single coin or bean into your jar.

It might sound crazy, but the action reinforces healthy intentions. We can’t drop the bean into the jar without feeling your victory in a palpable way.

As we see the beans collect over the weeks and months, we build powerful visual evidence of our progress. We see just how much all our good work is piling up.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.