The Mindset of Successful Instructors
Have you ever looked at another instructor and been a tad bit jealous?
Or you thought, “Why is that instructor doing better than me?”
I bet we all have at some point. I definitely have.
It’s easy to assume they’re successful simply because of luck or whom they know. But the truth is, every successful instructor I know has certain things in common – and these things have nothing to do with luck.
It’s ALL about mindset.
Here are 2 truth smacks around mindset that outrageously successful instructors do.
Truth Smack #1: They don’t have fear of failure.
When I first started teaching I was always worried about screwing up or if my students even liked me. (Guess what, people can feel your fear.) Because of this fear they couldn’t trust my ability and my classes were never full.
When I flipped the story around to “I am awesome, dammit,” made a huge difference! Ever since that mind shift my classes grew and students wanted to be in my world (like all the time)!
Hey…fear of failure doesn’t stop successful teachers because they’ve failed. Failure is a lesson, and success is that lesson, applied. Feel the fear, flip the story, and do it anyway. Boom.
Truth Smack #2: They don’t get affected.
They don’t listen to the negative criticism from students as well as naysayers around them.
Having a thick skin is tough, I know. But it’s necessary.
I started my teaching career in NYC and as we all know, New Yorkers are the toughest critics. Dude, I learned pretty fast that you can’t please everyone so what I needed to do was learn to decipher what was constructive criticism vs. negative (or even destructive) criticism. Once I learned this, oh boy, did my self-esteem sky rocket! I was able to use the constructive to grow as an instructor and learned to ignore the negative (or the destructive). Not only did my class size grow but I was able to retain students for years!
So…be open, listen, decipher, and always have a smile on your face.
I would love to know…how do these truth smacks resonate with you? Comment below, shoot me an email or let’s tawk (sorry, from New Yawk) about it on FB!
P.S. (Next month I will be talking about the practical advice that you can implement. Stay tuned!)