It’s feels kind of like a catch 22, doesn’t it?
The school year finally ends and you concurrently want to:
- Rest, relax, and recharge your teaching spirit after an exhausting year.
- Finally, finally make some progress on your own projects!
If you feel like those two impulses wage an ongoing battle for your heart and mind all summer long, you aren’t alone!
On one shoulder is an angel holding a checklist, begging you to get started. “This is our chance!”
On the other shoulder is an angel holding a martini, warning you to avoid anything that feels overwhelming. “We get enough of that pressure during the school year!“
I think they’re both right: This IS your chance. And you really DON’T need any pressure.
Rather than seeing these two desires as conflicting, however, I see them as entirely complementary. In fact, it’s my belief that making time for a project that delights you this summer is actually the fastest way to recharge your teaching spirit.
Here’s why making time for a project that delights you is the fastest way to recharge your teaching spirit:
- Worry doesn’t go away because you tell it to. You’ve had a long, exhausting year. You’ve worried about your students, you’ve worried about the tests, you’ve worried about your assignment for next year… the list goes on. As you settle into summer, you may find that the worry continues to follow you around. You can’t simply demand that it disappear… but gently turning your attention to another project will begin to displace that residual angst with curiosity, interest and experiences from your new project.
- You have to CREATE joy. After a long year full of paperwork, you want a summer full of joy, happiness and delight. You have to create those things! And the easiest, most convenient things (Netflix, Facebook) don’t often deliver joy for long. Eventually, you have to get out there and intentionally DO the things that interest you!
- Self care heals an exhausted heart. Remember that burnout is largely the accumulation of tiny emotional traumas (feeling disrespected, worrying over your students, arguing with your admin, etc) that you didn’t have the time or space to process during the year. If you battled burnout last year, this summer is your chance to turn the tide on it. To do that, you have to take action on your own behalf, you need to engage in self care. Making the time and space for a project of your very own is the HEIGHT of self care.
- Making daily progress builds confidence. When you make time for a project of your own and make daily progress on it, you will build tremendous confidence. A part of that confidence will be related to the project itself (if you are exercising, you will gain confidence in your strengths and stamina, for example) but a LOT of that confidence will go deeper. You’ll gain confidence in your ability to make things happen. You’ll learn that you are an excellent caretaker of yourself. You’ll discover that you are capable of anything when you put your mind (and your time) to it. That kind of confidence can’t bought- it has to be experienced. And can I just tell you? It feels GOOD!
Have I convinced you? Great! Now, pick a project. Which project would it delight you the most to move the needle on? Which one would be the most fun? Which one would calm your fears or elevate your confidence? Pick ONE (I hear you bartering for two… join the Master Class and we’ll hash it out) and let’s get busy!
Progress is Change
I bet you’ve tried to make progress on this project before, right? You might be feeling skeptical right now because you feel like you’ve already tried a bunch of times… and every time you’ve failed to make much progress. I’ve been there.
Making progress on any project is change and change is notoriously hard and that’s why most projects- even those we really, really, really want to do- fall by the wayside.
- If you want to exercise more, but are fearful because you’ve tried so many times before and failed, you might just throw up your hands.
- If you want to return to playing the piano, but you are convinced you simply don’t have the time then you won’t play the piano.
- If you want to make progress on an educational goal, but you feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the project, it’s likely you’ll stall out.
That’s how change goes for most people… But it does NOT have to be that way!
There is a smarter, saner way to make change in your life. You CAN make progress without ever feeling afraid, trapped or overwhelmed. I’ve transformed my own personal life, and I’ve worked with hundreds of teachers to make transformational change in their classrooms and lives.
Now, I want to share it with you.
Join me for my FREE, Live Workshops on May 31st and June 1st!
You are invited to my brand-new FREE Workshop: Recharge Roadmap: How to make drama-free progress and recharge your teaching spirit this summer.
During our live workshop, you’ll create a personalized 5-step Recharge Roadmap that will ensure you make drama-free progress on your project all summer long without ever feeling deprived of your chance to relax.
UPDATE: THE WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY