Something I wrote about in "Kids Deserve It!" is the feeling of doubt. The wondering if you're good enough. Every one of us at one point or time doubts our gifts, talents, and abilities. We wonder if we're in the right job. If we really know what we're doing.
Sometimes that doubt comes from our own insecurities and sometimes it comes from the words of others and sometimes it comes from a failure we've experienced.
The truth is, we all deal with doubt. Just like darkness, doubt can creep into our beliefs and begin to control the way we feel about ourselves. It then affects our actions and those around us.
I could list off a million times where I doubted my gifts. When I had to have a parent teacher conference and the parent ripped me a new one. When a kid told me they'd rather be in any other class in the world except mine. When a teacher told me I was a terrible leader. When every single person on my campus worked their butts off, and we showed growth, but it still wasn't enough.
Doubt creeps into all of us. It can break our hearts and our spirits if we let it.
So how do we deal with doubt? I believe we face it head on.
Here's a few ways I try not to succumb to doubt:
1. Make a list of the things you know you're good at doing.
2. Go to trusted friends/coworkers/colleagues and ask them for support and encouragement.
3. Write notes of encouragement to someone else. When you lift up others it lifts you up as well.
4. Spend time with kids, doing kid things. The sense of wonder, forgiveness, imagination that can only be found in a child is remarkable. Many times as a teacher I gave up my conference period to go sit in a kindergarten classroom or go to PE with my kids just to change my mindset.
5. And finally, remember. Remember that you are here for a reason. That you were placed into the position you're in for a reason. We never see the rainbows without the storms. Those are what help us grow in our profession and in our personal lives the most.
Remember this week as doubt closes in that you are enough. That you are important. That you are valued.
Remember that we can do anything we set our mind to. That the easy path was never one we wanted to go down. We learn most from our struggles and trails, and that TOGETHER we can get through this.
So this week, lean on a co-worker or one of us in the office. Ask for help, relief, a hug, whatever. Write notes to others reminding them of their worth.
But most of all, spend time with those kids, just being a kid. Play at Recess, go to PE, sit for 10 minutes in a grade level that isn't yours, eat lunch in the midst of the kids. Release some of that stress and just be a kid again.