Last week I learned the word shoshin, which means a beginner’s mindset, a serendipitous lesson I applied throughout the week preparing for concurrent teaching. Any time I felt a twinge of stress, I’d let myself experience the emotion and then remember I had a reset. Oh yeah, there it is again, shoshin! I’d say to myself. But today, this week, the remainder of this month, is where I REALLY need to apply shoshin. While it’s easy to parrot the definition, what does a beginner’s mindset really mean to me today, my first day of concurrent teaching?
- As a perfectionist trying to distance myself from the label, I undoubtedly need to tell myself right now, Nothing will be perfect and that’s okay!
- Stress will occur, and it can also be brief, it doesn’t have to frame the entirety of the day
- It’s okay to laugh at my mistakes
- Change is uncomfortable
- Growth because of change is uncomfortable
- The feeling of being uncomfortable is brief, and again, it doesn’t have to frame your outlook of the day or week
- Like the amazing educators I know, I am resilient and I will bounce ahead, eventually
I might remember these declarations today, I might not remember them until after the moments of stress, but I am hoping to give myself grace and learn a lot as I jump into a new experience.