Make journeying outside your comfort zone a habit

While this headteacher doesn't always enjoy these times, they often result in his greatest professional development

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Every morning, before school starts, I make myself go to the gym. As the father of baby twins, I don’t get a great deal of sleep. When I first wake up, the thought of exercise feels horrendous. But once I start, I find that the physical exertion releases motivating chemicals, which focus my mind and ignite positive emotions.

Although dragging myself to the gym initially takes me out of my comfort zone, once I’ve finished exercising, I feel energised and ready for the working day.

The same is true in school. As a headteacher, I frequently have to deal with challenging situations and regularly ...

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