Getting It Right

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Getting It Right

Recently, I met up with my life coach.

By “life coach” I mean one of the close friends I made during my first teacher training. She is hands-down one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, and her insightful advice continually inspires me to step out of my own way and live my best life. I don’t know if I would have been able to make it through teacher training without her, and I feel so incredibly lucky to have her in my life.

A couple days ago, we met up for coffee and brought our lunch to the greenbelt. As we sat in a shady spot along the water, I confessed my fears and insecurities when it came to my career path. 

Our Big Sukha Sister had told us that we could count on our first fifty classes being complete shit. We wouldn’t feel comfortable. We would fumble. We would fail. But if we kept at it, by the fifty-first class, we may finally feel like we got this whole teaching thing right. We wouldn’t, of course, ever actually get it right, but we would feel like we did. The difference would be in our confidence. Which I’ve been having a lot of trouble building, mostly because I haven’t been teaching as much as I know I need to.

I can only grow so far through teacher training. I know if I really want to expand, I need to create opportunities outside the safety and comfort of my training school. 

“I just don’t even know where to begin. I know I’m still in training, and maybe the answers will come to me eventually, but right now it just seems so overwhelming,” I said.

“Why don’t you start with me?” she asked. 

Which is how, the next morning, I found myself teaching her a class on her beautiful patio. A class she gave me constructive feedback for, and the boost of encouragement I needed to start launching forward in my career. 

We have plans for me to start teaching a class for her (and her friends/neighbors) once or twice a week, so I can gain the experience and confidence I need to expand as a teacher. And on top of the experience I’m gaining from training, I’ll reach my fifty-class mark in no time.

I can hardly wait for the day I feel I finally got it right.

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