As I ran more, I started creating playlists of music, searching for songs to keep me going. The three best songs in those runs became The Climb by Miley Cyrus, Lose Yourself by Eminem, and Defying Gravity sung by Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel in Wicked.
I tried to time the songs to my runs, so they would come out at the times when I most needed to be inspired to dig deep and keep going. Inevitably they always would, because each song speaks to that biological desire we all have to learn, grow, and become better versions of ourselves.
Ultimately this matters because the more we can expose our students to a growth mindset, in ways that they can connect to and internalize, the sooner they will begin to embed that mindset into their own lives. And that is when we will be able to see their growth begin to take off.