N: Nurture Your Strengths
N in BURNED-IN Teacher: Nurture Your Strengths
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:
Nurture Your Strengths
It doesn't get easier, you get better. - Author Unknown
What It Means:
Now we can get to the good stuff! Those strengths that we so often either looked over or have been flipped on their head as weaknesses. Let me tell you a little story about a girl who always, even into adulthood, got way too comfortable with people, way too quickly. She walked away from meeting a new person or colleague thinking, "We're best friends!" and then her feelings were hurt when that new bestie didn't seem to want to be best friends. Over and over this girl would beat herself up for being too forward, too comfortable, and too loud and excited about meeting new people. And then, one day, she learned that that curse was actually a strength called "Woo". From that day on, I, yes I, have learned that it is natural for me to want to get to know people to their very core the moment that I meet them. You see, we are not often taught NOT to focus on developing our strengths. Most times we are told to focus on our weaknesses and to get better at those things. Take this post as permission to DEVELOP THOSE STRENGTHS! You deserve to be your best self. Nurture that car that will speed you to your destination. Your strengths are your fuel. FILL. THAT. TANK. FULL!
Questions You Can Ask Yourself:
What am I naturally good at?
What do others compliment me on and ask me for help with?
What is my personality type and/or my top five strengths?
- Look at your results from the assessments that I suggested that you take a couple of weeks ago. Did you really dive deep into them? If not, you need to do a full-on cannonball into that pool of knowledge, my friend. Surround yourself with the information of you!
- Have a conversation with someone new. YOU. Look in the mirror and tell yourself all of the things that you are good at. Then, write them down in that journal. Keep those things close to your heart. Are there any things that you forgot about?
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 "Nurturing your strengths":
- Take the FREE 10-minutes 16 Personalities Assessment . It is super-short and will change your life. It changed mine.
- Learn more about your personality type from the assessment by investing in a Starter Kit from personalityhacker.com. This kit is taylor-made for your new-found personality type and can be an eye-opener for you as you start this journey.
- Ever heard of a book called Strengthsfinder 2.0 from Gallup? Hold onto your hats. This book unlocks doors to understanding strengths like you wouldn't believe. AND... it comes with a code you can enter on gallupstrengthscenter.com .
- 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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