054 – “Pretty” Thoughts That Are Like Poison to Your Teacher Soul
When I was a kid, I loved choreographing dance and rollerblade routines that my friends and I performed for sold-out (parental) audiences in my driveway. I also loved directing, performing in, and filming my own spin-offs of fairy tales. (Yeah, my mom has the embarrassing video footage to prove it.) One of my Academy Award Winning silliest performances was Little Red Riding Hood. We had my dog, Greta, play the part of the wolf. She was pretty convincing. I swear you couldn’t tell the difference between her and my grandma. (Just kidding, Grandma.) But seriously. Do you know what really IS convincing? We have these pretty little thoughts. Thoughts that SOUND really well-meaning, caring, and noble. But they often do us more harm than good. Thoughts like… “I just want everyone to be happy.” “These kids deserve better.” “I need to do better.” “I should ________.” “I shouldn’t ________.” Without us even realizing it, these pretty little thoughts can morph into poison. Like the wolf who LOOKS like Granny… Our pretty little thoughts might SOUND good at first… But when you peel back the top layer to see what’s really going on underneath… You might find that they’re NOT serving you at all. In fact, these thoughts might be holding you back from showing up as the the best version of yourself at school, at home, and in your personal life. They might be the reason why you feel frustrated all the time. Or the reason why you feel like you’re never doing enough. Or being enough. So let’s catch these pretty little thoughts before they can do any more damage. Let’s take a look at the thoughts that look innocent on the outside… But may actually be holding you hostage on the inside. If you wanna make sure you’re not unintentionally showing up as the wolf in your own thought life… You’ll wanna listen very carefully with a wide-open mind. In this episode, you’ll learn: What pretty little thoughts sound useful to us as teachers, but how they’re more like poison when you discover what they’re actually doing to you. How to distinguish between good-sounding thoughts that are actually serving you vs. the ones that are harming you. The 3 steps you can take right away if you discover you’ve been holding onto a thought that’s been doing you more harm than good. JOIN THE MOVEMENT 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. A beta tribe of teacher wellness warriors is launching soon! 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. Check out Jody Moore’s Podcast, Better Than Happy, which Kelli references in this episode.