R: Reflect On Your Challenges
R in BURNED-IN Teacher: Reflect On Your Challenges
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 continues with:
Reflect On Your Challenges
The struggle you're in today, is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. - Author Unknown
What It Means:
Reflecting on our challenges or *ahem* weaknesses is something we do every day. We are wired, as human-beings, to look for challenges and hardships. It's in our wiring. Unfortunately, our ancestors didn't know how easy we would have it one day. You know, not having to forage for food in the middle of winter while being worried about wild animals eating us while we search for our next meal. All in all, we have it pretty darn easy nowadays, so when we think about challenges, they can range from extremely difficult, to very minor. Everyone is different. Our challenges are OURS. They can be mental, emotional, physical, or theoretical. They can be rooted in our past or predicted for our future. Either way, it's what you do with those challenges that counts. There are no journeys without some bumps in that road we are taking.
Questions You Can Ask Yourself:
What is something that you continually think or worry about?
When did these challenges arise? How long have you had them?
Who can you contact in order to help you?
- Make a Brain-Dump List. Set a timer and open up that new journal of yours and list the things that are standing in the way of you and your happiness and fulfillment. Write for 2, 3, or 60 minutes or whatever amount of time it takes to get it all out there. Then...
- Make a list of possible solutions. They can be as realistic or far-fetched as you'd like. Just try overcoming those challenges on paper. It may make them easier to consider doing in real life.
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 'Reflecting on your challenges:"
- Start to think about talking to someone on a regular basis. And no, it doesn't have to be a Shrink. However, if that is what you're considering, then go for it. I cannot be the judge of your situation. Only you can. Ask for help from someone you trust: a friend, relative, your dog, or if that person is me, I'm here for you too. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss a plan that will set you on a path to becoming a happier human being.
- The book that started me on my journey out of burnout way back in 2014 was the oldie, but goodie: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephan Covey. This, along side of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin is a match made in Heaven, I tell you. I'm not suggesting you read them at the same time, but if that's your thing, I'm not going to judge you.
Take a deep breath. We are our own heroes. You can do this. Burn on.
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