If you have been following my blog, you may have noticed that I have been MIA. I wanted to write and tell you a bunch of excuses that explain why I have been MIA, but really it is due to fear.
I tell my students that they shouldn't let fear to study for the ACT get in the way, but I didn't follow my own advice in not letting fear take control of running my own business.
It has been slow awhile as I change my focus from teaching reading and math to ACT test prep . Moving from teaching in a school district to running my own business is a scary and unknown territory. I am working with a mentor to help refocus my teacher brain to an entrepreneurial brain, but it is hard to change.
Refocusing is hard
This is no different than a student who struggles in high school but wants to go to college and get a decent job. In fact last year, I was tutoring an eighth grade student who didn't think she could succeed because she struggled with reading and math. However, she loved to cook. Once I told her that she could go to culinary school and become a chef, her eyes lit up and she started working harder on her subjects.
Learn from mistakes
I just read a chapter from "The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher's Month by Month Guide" by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley. It talked about a student named Deb who has always struggled with math but excelled in reading. She can always remember taking more reading and English classes but avoiding math classes. We tend to run away from our struggles instead of embracing it to conquer it by learning from mistakes and moving on.
I have a current math student who loves to dance and sing but she struggles with math. I ask her if she studies as hard for math as she does with dance and singing. She doesn't. If we work as hard on our struggles as do with our passions, we can and will get better at what we struggle with.
We all struggle
I recently did the same thing. I have a medical issue that affects how I feel and approach life. It needs to be monitored periodically and is affected by stress. I found out about 2 weeks ago that my levels were way off and needed readjusting. It coincided with issues that I was having with growing the tutoring business.
I let that scare me into believing that I wasn't good at running my own business due to the stress it contains and almost stopped what progress I am making. In three years, I have helped over 36 people with my services.
Today I am making a pledge to not let my issue with fear take over any more. I challenge you to do the same thing. Don't let fear and your mistakes stop you from going after what you really want in your life. If you are a high school student and want to go to college, you can and will succeed on the ACT if you learn from your mistakes that you make through your studies.
If you want a free consultation about where you on your ACT test prep journey, contact, me Stena Schmitt at 641-257-9530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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