32 minutes | Jan 27th 2019

050 – #TeacherTruth: Failing Forward is the Secret to Getting What You Want Personally and Professionally (Part 1)

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Do you remember your first interview for a teaching job?

I remember mine… and it was AWFUL.

I remember being stunned when I saw the huge boardroom table filled with about 15 administrators… all staring… at ME.

And that’s about all I remember.  

Because I think I went into shock. 😵


And then I started rambling off all sorts of nonsense as they continued to stare.

Continued to fire questions at me.

And continued to circle low numbers on their scoring sheets.

So needless to say, it wasn’t a big surprise when they didn’t call back to offer me a job.

I felt like a huuuge failure.

I bombed it. And I sounded like a blubbering idiot.

At least that’s how I saw it at the time.

Now I can look back and see it very differently.

(Yay for hindsight and new ways of thinking!)

Now I’m seeing failure in a brand new light.

And it feels sooo much better.

I haven’t mastered it yet, but I’m on my way.

I feel like I’m in the trenches learning a really hard new skill.

But even though it’s hard…

I know it’s going to be 1000% worth the effort.

How do I know that?

Because I know I’m the thinker of my own thoughts.

And I know my thoughts are the direct cause of my feelings.

The idea of failure used to make me feel lousy, incapable, and not good enough.

But now failure feels more natural, comfortable, and purposeful.

And on my best days, it’s even beginning to feel empowering…

(And dare I say a tad bit exciting!)

So here’s what I’d like you to think about.

What’s one thing you feel like you’re failing at right now?

Or something you’re afraid to fail at… so you’ve been avoiding it?

Maybe it’s something at school.

Maybe it’s something at home.

Or maybe it has to do with your mental, emotional, or physical health.

Whatever it is…

How does it feel to you right now?

Does it feel heavy or uncomfortable?

Do you wish you could just get over it?

Is it keeping you up at night?

Or would you just rather not think about it?

If you’re nodding your head…

I want you to know it doesn’t have to be this way.

I’d love to show you how you can turn it all around so you can forever change the way you think about failing, and rewire your brain for faster and easier success (no matter what goals you have as a teacher – at school, home, or in your personal life).

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why you need to reframe what failure means to you – especially if you’re not getting what you want in a specific area of your teacher life right now.
  • How to get unstuck if you’re feeling paralyzed by failure or a fear of failure.
  • The first step you need to take in order to rewire your thoughts and feelings about failure – when it comes to anything you want to change at school, at home, or in your personal life.

TRUTH: You don’t have to sacrifice your health or happiness to be a great teacher.

DARE: Regret-proof your #teacherlife by doing things differently.

(Re)discover the life you thought you signed up for.

Say goodbye to the #teachertired and say hello to the very best version of yourself.

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Get all the tools, strategies, and support you need to reclaim your time, restore your happiness, and transform your mental, emotional, and physical health.

Click here to be first in line.

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Let’s support each other with honest conversations about not being perfect, pursuing what matters most… and doing life together.

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