So much of starting a new school is just making shots in the dark and hoping your good intentions will guide them. Cultivating an attitude of adventure/curiosity ("let's just try it out and see what happens") often followed by a disclaimer ("if it doesn't work out, we won't do it anymore") has become a big part of my personal journey as director and teacher. It's the friendliest way I have found to deal with the fact that so much of what I do is completely new to me, and often out of my field of experience. Ranging from simple things like making new recipes that I've never tried with the children, to the more complicated world of handling situations with a child or parents, or the often mystifying world of school finance and accounting.
When I stumble on quotes, blog posts, songs, books, mug quotes, that celebrate the process over the final product/ simply trying as succeeding, I find it really encouraging.
"Enthusiasm, a sense of fun, and high energy are more engaging than skill. William Blake observed, “Exuberance is beauty.” from Martha Writes
"Trying is the same as succeeding." from Molly O'Shaughnessy
"I remind myself of the important lesson for any creative pursuit, “No one cares about my mistakes. What’s important is to do what I want to do.” from The Happiness Project
"Do one thing every day that scares you" Eleanor Roosevelt- from the mug that Sayenne gave me