Let's Start at B: Begin Where You Are
B in BURNED-IN Teacher: Begin Where You Are
As I have read and reflected on my past blog entries, I've realized that I need to simplify my mission and my blog posts. You blog, you learn! Therefore, let's keep this blog simple starting now. Let's start with explaining each letter of the BURNED-IN Teacher Program letter-by-letter over the next few weeks.
And the simplicity starts now with:
Begin Where You Are
Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. - Lau Tzu
What It Means:
Beginning where you are when you are burned out is a very important first step in finding out where you want to go. When you plan a vacation, you don't blink your eyes and land at that destination. It takes careful planning and support. That planning starts with where you are and, therefore, planning a path for where you want to end up.
Questions You Can Ask Yourself:
How long have I done this thing that I am doing?
How long have I physically been working in this place? Where did I start teaching and where am I now?
What have I done to bring me to this 'place' both metaphorically and literally?
Talk to someone about your feelings with burn-out. But please try to remember that being vulnerable and being a victim are two different things. Too often in my experiences, teachers (myself included sometimes) think that 'venting' = problem solving. I wish it was, because it would be WAY easier to complain and *SNAP* the problem be solved. Unfortunately though, that's not how it works, my friends. Being vulnerable starts with creating a habit of:
- Identifying the problem.
- Trying to Understand it.
- Seeking out answers.
- Offering possible solutions.
Jump onto our Burned-In Facebook Group and tell us about your journey so far, ask questions, or support another teacher. We're in this together!
THINGS I HAVE USED TO HELP ME ALONG MY JOURNEY OF 'begin where you are:"
- I will be the first to admit it, I have gone back and forth in my journaling practice. However, the easiest and quickest way I have found to keep the habit is through using The 5-Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day by Intelligent Change. I know it sounds gimmicky, but it really is 5 minutes a day. Do you have 3 minutes in the AM and 2 minutes in the PM? I'll bet you do! Try it. Don't you want to track your progress on this incredible journey you are on?
- Either listen to or purchase 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin. This book has completely flipped my mindset upside-down. The entire time that I listened to it and then read it, I cringed. I am not a naturally mentally-strong person at all. This book helped me to open my eyes and look at the way I behave daily very differently.
- Jump onto our Burned-In Facebook Group and tell us about your journey so far, ask questions, or support another teacher. We're in this together!
Take a deep breath. We are our own heroes. You can do this. Burn on.
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