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3 Techniques to Break Down Your Teacher Fears

Jessie Gebauer & Joel Carlovsky

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Jessie: Have you ever had so much on your plate that you feel beyond overwhelmed? You have no idea how you will get everything done – let alone, done well?

Joel: I get it! Things feel too big, too loud, and too urgent. Maybe you try tackling a few things and then you get bombarded with another list of things to try and finish. In this moment you aren’t even trying for a B+ and you’d happily settle for a solid, average C. We are talking about that kind of day when you are on the edge of a breakdown.

Jessie: Instead of resisting the breakdown, we will show you how to welcome it and how to actually break down all those fears you are experiencing. Today’s episode is aptly entitled: Welcome the Breakdown: 3 Techniques to Break Down Your Teacher Fears

Our Own Fears

Jessie: I’m just going to ask you right away: why today’s episode, and are you doing okay? 🙂

Joel: All things considered, I am doing well. Thank you for caring and challenging me directly. I love the radical candor! (We’ll save everything Radical Candor for another episode!) The best way to explain why I wrote today’s episode is that this time of year – this final countdown of the school weeks – has typically left me on the verge of a breakdown in the past. Not this year. Not last year. Not for a few years. And, I wanted to share with our Marigolds how that came to be.

Jessie: Love it. It sounds like it’ll be important for all of us! Before we get to 3 Techniques to Break Down Your Teacher Fears – let’s get personal and dig into some of our own fears right now.

  • What fears have been the most difficult for you this year? Are any big fears sticking out right now?
  • What feels big right now? Like so big you might not know what to do about it?
  • If you could pinpoint one thing that you would love to break down, and have a breakthrough with, what would it be? Why do you think that that stands out?

>> Click here to listen to our responses on Apple Podcasts. You can also find The Marigold Force Podcast on your favorite platform, or scroll down to watch the video recording of the episode!

Joel: Thank you, Jessie! Marigolds! This might not be one of our “official” techniques to break down your teacher fears but make sure you take the time to actually pause and check-in with yourself before doing the work and applying these techniques. It sounds like you are plenty busy and you do NOT want to be putting your energy into things that are not worthy of your energy.

Break Down Your Teacher Fears

Jessie: We will share a step. We will share what that step looks like for each of us. And, we will share WHY we put that on our Marigold Force list!

  • Step 1: One thing at a time
  • Step 2: Make it smaller. (If it feels too big, it is.)
  • Step 3: Ride the wave by asking yourself: “And then what?”
  • BONUS: Talk to your fear and ask it: “What are you trying to teach me?”(Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic!)

>> Click here to listen to our responses on Apple Podcasts. You can also find The Marigold Force Podcast on your favorite platform, or scroll down to watch the video recording of the episode!

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Jessie: Before you do anything, make sure you take a moment to reflect on your current fears that are squirreling through your mind. Once you identify the fear, or fears, write them down. And then use the three techniques to examine those fears. If you want to go even deeper, talk to your fears and ask them “What are you trying to teach me?”

Joel: Putting pen to paper is so important to help you stay accountable to yourself, your fears, and your next steps. It can be a lonely, hard process so make sure you get the support from one or more Marigolds in your life! You just heard how important it was for Jessie and me to break down our fears together. This is why we have our Marigolds!

Jessie: Write and map out your fears and responses to the three techniques in order to take the action steps towards breaking down your teacher fears. Do this now.

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We are so much more than “just teachers.” Joel is a personal development mastermind, self-care guru, push up machine, skilled ballet dancer, and Kombucha connoisseur. I’m a systems-minded queen, Excel nerd, aspiring handstand professional, travel enthusiast, and a cat mama. 

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