What do you do when self doubt creeps in?
It looks different for everyone but happens to new instructors, to seasoned instructors and to the best in the business. So what do you do when self doubt creeps in?
It can be the tiniest of things that make you feel that way........Maybe it happens when no one smiles back at you in your class, when someone late cancels or feedback from a one off client is a little dull, perhaps another instructor comes to your class and it makes you second guess yourself or you just stuffed an exercise up (which no one but you noticed) and now you're fixated on it and your class unravels.
Knowing how to pull yourself out of a self doubt funk is a pretty handy skill to have up your sleeve as an instructor (and human).
I think a big part of this is really understanding who you are, what your style is and what makes you unique as an instructor.
Here are some questions/prompts that might help you. Jot down your answers and any time you are feeling a bit of self doubt creep in, go to your list and remind yourself of how amazing you are at being you!
- What are the 3 common things people always say about you as a person?
- What are 3 things clients always say about your classes?
- What kinds of movements, (go-to) exercises do you love teaching?
- What kind of cues do you use regularly? manual, verbal, imaginary?
- Who can you chat to in your Pilates circle/community that helps you feel more uplifted?
- List 3 things that help you completely unplug from teaching, from movement, from any kind of screen time.
Remember, no one can teach the way you teach. Be grounded in your unique awesomeness!
While I think 'modelling' is cool as a starting point and is something that really helped me on my teaching journey (you can read about my thoughts here in the IAP's Blog Post - How modelling makes you a better instructor), if that doesn't transfer to feeling like you are being you, then you can slowly become a chameleon of sorts and forget how amazing and important the unique skills you bring to the table actually are!