This past week I’ve found myself feeling overwhelmed with the task of “changing the world” aka my piece of influence on the world of education. Do you ever find yourself on information-overload that you feel entirely insignificant? You read so many books and hear so many inspiring presentations, yet you feel frozen–as if you don’t know which way to turn or how to solve this problem that seems all-consuming.
When this happens to me, I wonder, how will I ever accomplish the task of truly impacting students’ educational experience at the level they SO deserve? Is it even possible to innovate within the box? How do we move away from standardized testing and a nation that is hung up on politics and climbing some status-ladder to care about adding passion-led learning back in the mix for students? What about tapping into the curiosity of our children and allowing their strengths to guide their learning? Will that ever be the norm? Then, I think, who am I? A pinpoint on the globe–that’s who. On an optimistic note, a passionate educator who has a small voice. Insignificant. That is the place I landed this past week.
The coach needed coaching.
The encourager needed encouragement.
A couple of days later, a mentor of mine simply replied to my ridiculous defeated comments with a few questions something like this, “Tara, would you ever give this advice to a new teacher? Novice coach? Anyone?” The answer was clearly, “NO!” So, he later demanded, “Tara, do NOT make any decisions right now. Your frame of mind is overloaded.” Then, he went on to reassure me. “Do you know how (insert choice word here) amazing you are? Let me tell you…” and after some much needed positive feedback, I began to believe what he had to say. At the end of our conversation, he clearly stated, “You’re an overcomer.” Wow. Typically, Words of Affirmation is not my Language of Appreciation, but on this day, it was exactly what I needed. The specificity and sincerity of his feedback truly uplifted me.
Then, Thursday night I hung out with a dear PLN peep, Tisha Richmond, via Google Hangout. We chatted about anything from the mom-life of teens, to writing, and doing our best to have a positive influence on the students and educators within our realm of influence. Tisha’s energy is so contagious and authentic. In fact, throughout the conversation, I could feel a restoration of life and zeal deep within my heart. It’s safe to say, I enjoyed our collaboration so much; I had no idea two hours had passed.
My spark began to flicker again. At this point, I felt ready to stand up and fight the good fight.
Then Saturday, my sweet friend Kara Wilty tagged me in her blog post Unleashing Your Limitless Power. The title alone had my attention. When I read this post, I began to feel my bucket run over with encouragement. When discussing reaching for your dreams, Kara wrote:
“Being logical is important in many instances, but what is actually needed more in this world are people who are OBSESSED with their dreams and passions. People who have dreams that seem unfeasible to the average person. People who can visualize their goal to see the picture of success within their minds. Then, ultimately people who do whatever it takes to make their dreams a reality each and every day.”
I’m entirely convinced this post was written for me. (Kara, tell me no different. *wink*) It spoke straight to my heart! I felt like a boxer who was almost knocked out but surprised the crowd by standing straight up with determination and fierceness that was undeniable.
The coach needed coaching!
• All of my “coaches” are members of my PLN and are not a part of my daily interactions.
• Strength comes just in time, and we are all truly better together.
If you feel the need to encourage another or write an uplifting message, please do it! Even the coaches need coaching.