Episode 14: How to be in Control

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Understanding Imposter Syndrome


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Madel Mazzella:
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Kaitlyn Rapai:
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Show Notes

In this episode; the hosts discuss how to be in control. Teachers are typically goal-oriented. We follow a plan and an objective every day when we deliver our lesson. But, things don’t always go as planned and, sometimes we find ourselves trying to control circumstances and other people.

Trying to affect such outcomes leaves us feeling frustrated because the truth is we simply cannot control other people’s actions or thoughts (including those of our students).

One of the most important things we can control is our thoughts and what we make things mean. We can control how we choose to respond to students’ misbehaving, for example. This doesn’t mean that we’ll always do it right, but it means that, with practice, you can be aware of how you want to show up when you face a difficult situation.

You can plan your response ahead of time when you know you’ll face a difficult situation so you can act in ways you intended to and not by default. This is especially important if your default reaction doesn’t come from your highest self.

When you can’t change the circumstances you’re facing we must change our mindset about that situation by choosing thoughts that serve us about that circumstance. This is hard to do because in order to protect us, our brain defaults toward negative scenarios. Once you open up to a different possibility, you come up with creative ideas that help you deal with the situation in a much more empowered way. You may even realize that the situation wasn’t as bad as we originally thought.

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Original Music by: Matthew Dotson

Cover Art by: Nate Rapai

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