Last week, I was listening to a great mentor of mine, Matt Church, speak at a conference. One particular phrase he said literally jumped out at me and grabbed my attention. He was talking about a significant turning point in his life and he said,
“I stopped being everyone else who influenced me and I started being true to who I authentically am.”
He went on to say that this decision literally changed his life and significantly increased his effectiveness as a teacher and a communicator. This really was a ‘line in the sand’, a conscious decision to be true to himself and to stop trying to be like everyone else.
As teachers we can make the same mistake. We are so often trying to be like the other teachers who influence us that we forget to be who we really are. We neglect our true selves and bend out of shape to be like someone else.
This week’s assignment:
Ask yourself some reflective questions:
- Who am I? Who am I really?
- In what ways have I tried to be like someone else?
- What specific area will I choose to be more true to myself?
The benefits of the above reflection and action will be obvious to both you and your students.
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.