The seven best ways you could talk yourself out of a teacher-training course!!!30 Jun 2016
The seven best ways you could talk yourself out of a teacher-training course!!!
The thinking process of will I … won’t I… happens to everyone trying to make the decision to embark on a teacher training course.
Running it past the logical left brain which will give you old belief and learned logistical patterns (often negative) and then running it past the right brain the creative one - who thinks how can I creatively make this happen in my life? (Usually positive) so it's looking at something from two sides.
Engaging the thinking mind and then going beyond the thinking mind to the realms of infinite possibilities can lead you to a life changing decision.
Seven negative beliefs that can stop you making that jump!
1. I am not good enough
Everybody will be so much better than me and so much more experienced,
A good course should cater for all and make you feel reassured at interview process. Often those with the least experience turn out to be the best and most passionate teachers.
2. I can't do difficult postures
I'm frightened to be embarrassed or put in a position that my body finds too difficult and maybe hurt myself.
Yoga is for all, all shapes sizes and abilities - which mean teachers should be all shapes sizes and abilities, as they inspire and attract others most like themselves.
3. My life is too busy to add anything extra onto it!
I can’t possibly spin any more plates, do homework and read because I am all already stressed as it is!
Isn't that just why you should do the course? Everyone is busy; a good course will give you the space and time for yourself that you most crave,
And re-charge your energy so it’s a win/win for everyone, partner/ kids and you!
4. People around me won't approve.
They will think I'm turning weird.
They will be the first at ask you to teach them - step out of your comfort zone feel the fear and achieve the goal!
5. What happens I miss a weekend or some family event happens and I can't attend?
After the time and financial investment I wont get a qualification.
We always have to deal with this on any course, there are always solutions to you finishing your required hours, stuff happens!
6. I can't afford it.
You can't afford not to!
Most good courses offer payment options and there are more funding options appearing all the time.
7. It's not worth the investment.
It’s only a dream- I can never really afford to do it!
How much are you willing to spend to have time developing and working on your personal, physical, mental and emotional health and a feeling of well-being. The change first happens with you, and then change happens in the world around you
To sum up getting rid of old belief patterns that keep us stuck - is the way forward to a new future. Turn the negative thoughts into positive actions ... And the world is your oyster, (or, the world is your Kurmasana, in sanskrit)!
Julie Hanson, Sue Woodd
Seasonal Yoga teacher training
Appeared in Om magazine