I just returned from the Coaching with Excellence event last week and one of Dan's suggestions was to write a blog. Here's my first. Upon returning I stopped at my son's home near Dayton. He and I were watching football and I overheard my wife and daughter in law talking. Not much registered, after all it was the Buckeyes. However I heard the word "success" and my ears perked up. What was that I asked? Julie, my daughter in law explained that since she has been off work, deliverying a grandson, she was concerned if she could still be a great Mom while being a great teacher. Is there enough time in the day she sighed.
I think when a person has a concern over how they'll perform, that's healthy. It's great to have confidence, but being over confident can be a curse as well. The world tells us to be confident, and I buy that 90% of the time. However a little self doubt can be good. Having a concern will drive us to be our best and continue to do better. I'm encouraged to hear her ask that question. It tells me she'll do just fine. I think when we search for answers we'll find them. In her case she won't short change her students and certainly not her family. Sure there will most likely be a night of cereal or chicke noodle soup for supper. But as we juggle our responsibilities we just need to keep the important things first.
It's not easy and at times I'm sure we've all failed or at least stumbled. The key is when it happens not to stay down. One quote I like that goes along with this is, the only difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how how you lift your foot.
What points can anyone add?