Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Honoring Teachers

It's that time of the year when teachers head back into the trenches, the front line that is their classrooms. Not that the teachers ever really left, despite what most people think about long lazy summer days from the end of June to early September--two whole months to languish! NOT! according to this Upworthy graphic The Real Number of Hours Teachers Work.

We often hear about burnout amongst teachers. A recent discussion with an esteemed colleague drove that point home as we compared the myths surrounding work burnout with those about the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often suffered by soldiers. The reality is that burnout does exist for teachers, just like PTSD affects soldiers, and here are some signs to watch for according to the Mayo Clinic:
  1. Being overly critical and cynical
  2. Dragging yourself to work and having difficulty getting started
  3. Irritability with others
  4. Lack of energy and job satisfaction
  5. Feeling disillusioned about your job
  6. Turning to food, drugs or alcohol to salve
  7. Experiencing changes in sleep habits/appetite
  8. Physical conditions like headaches, backaches and unexplained aches

Teachers are givers...and the last ones they may give to are themselves. When we put ourselves last, we risk compromising essential self-care that makes us so effective in helping others, such as our learners, the precious young (and older) lives that we impact.

Let's honor the teachers and learning professionals who touch/have touched our lives as we ponder this Henry Adams quote: "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

How has your life been touched by a teacher?

Empowerment coaching can help teachers! InfiniteU Coaching & Consulting is pleased to offer its Burnout Prevention Coaching Program for Learning Professionals. For more information call 514.996.2414.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just ask for it

Photo courtesy of Morguefiles
You set a goal to attract something you want: a new car, a home, a trip, a job, a new career or even love. So how do you go about getting what you want? You set an intention. Then you let it go. Of course, you need to be active in your intention. How? Here are some steps:
  1. Just ask for what you want
  2. Visualize it
  3. Write it down
  4. Tell people
  5. Meditate - practice stillness for 10 minutes a day
  6. Be positive and optimistic
  7. Engage in dream-building activities - visit open houses, car lots, apply to jobs, put yourself out there to meet people
  8. Practice patience

And detach from the outcome. If you don't get that job, it may not be the right one for you. If that person you have your eye on doesn't appear interested, perhaps they are not the ONE. If it's taking time to manifest that new car or trip, the right one will show up when the time is right. Attracting is about bringing to you, health, goodness and well-being. Trust in that. You cannot force the law of attraction. What you wish for is coming.

Try being what you want. Try gratitude (for what you already have). And most of all, try attitude. It's all in our attitude--an attitude of patience, grace, love and being what we want to attract. The good comes...it always does. And in the meantime, live your life as if you already have what you want.

What are you intending to attract into YOUR life?

As Empowerment Coach, I can help you get clear on what you want to attract into your life. To learn more, contact me at 514.996.2414! Let's manifest your intention!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Getting Back to Flow

Still exploring the topic of transition, let's look at what the journey through life or work transition might look like….

Water Bubble -Photo courtesy of Glen Bonnema
You're about to make a leap off what feels like a ledge, into the abyss of the unknown. You are at once exhilarated and excited, yet scared because you have no clue what awaits you. The unknown is a process, one of developing—the self, the situation and the self in relation to the situation and to others. The leap is slow; you feel airborne for some time, not even knowing when and where you will land. Balance is eventually restored, like the flow of water after a bubble bursts. And a new flow happens.

In the meantime, this tempestuous swirl of water, culminating in a bubble just waiting to burst represents what may be going on inside you as you journey through transition:
  • Self-questioning
  • An attachment to your comfort zone
  • Feeling stuck
  • Overwhelming feelings
  • Working out your healthy boundaries
  • Wanting to be there already and finding your balance

Sounds familiar? I've been in that space of going through a major life transition where I've harbored self-doubt and questioned myself and all that I knew to be true. At the same time, my attachment to my comfort zone, however uncomfortable, hence what precipitated making the change in the first place, had me often wanting to stick with the known. Sometimes I felt stuck because of my reticence, not able to move forward. I learned that I had to break it all down and take just one small step at a time.

The overwhelming feelings accompanying my transition were just that—feelings. I came to realize that I am not my feelings, that feelings don't make it so. Of course, there were new boundaries and limits to negotiate and old boundaries to renegotiate. People see you one way, then along comes change...you evolve. They may not accept what your change means for them. And lastly, the question "Are we there yet?" has you eager for it all to be done and over with. If only someone could wave a wand and there you are: in that new career/job, in/out of that relationship, moved, etc.

And suddenly you realize you're through your transition—you’ve moved from that place of discomfort and pain to NOW. You're intact, you've learned a few lessons along the way, and you're stronger for allowing yourself to grow through change. You are in flow.

What does YOUR trajectory through transition look like?

Ever consider working with a Transition Partner as you navigate the swirling waters of work/life transition? I'd love to accompany you along your journey! For a complimentary discovery session, call 514.996.2414.