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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?


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Comment by Bob Osborn on September 28, 2012 at 8:41am

Good Post Chris.   As an educator, I have found that I changed as teacher as my own kids moved through the education system.   My skills in working with the parents improved as I became more empathetic.   Your daughter in law will most likely experience the same thing as she grows as a parent.  

Comment by Robert Clinton on September 21, 2012 at 8:26am

Chris, great post! Fear is a great motivator, and it's the challenge of overcoming that which can bring us to new heights. We just have to be willing to step forward and not fall into submission. P.S. Awesome meeting you at CWE! It was great connecting...

Comment by Karen Putz on September 20, 2012 at 2:09pm

I like that stumbling block/stepping stone quote!  Congrats on your first blog!  I think you also said it best, "When we search for answers we'll find them."

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on September 20, 2012 at 4:12am

"the only difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how how you lift your foot" - Very true indeed! I would add that the journey to success makes a person give their best at what they do even if it means sacrificing sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

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Jen McDonough
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Comment by Ann Musico on September 19, 2012 at 5:39am

I agree, Chris.  There's definitely a difference between confidence and arrogance.  That quotation about the stumbling block and stepping stone is great and so very true.  I think a lot depends on whether ALL our confidence lies in our own strength and talents or if we are leaning on God knowing we are not perfect and no one can do it all - alone. 

Wonderful first blog post - hope to see many more!

Comment by Archie Winningham on September 18, 2012 at 6:58pm

I've not a lot to add to this, Chris. I believe what you've just written (CONGRATS on your very first blog post bro!!!), is from your heart, and from much wisdom....AND is right on target. Keep letting your heart and passion speak. That's how you will continue to rock this world!

Again, it was an honor to meet and speak with you at Coaching with Excellence.


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