I’m getting used to my new work schedule.
Now that I am a full-time Pilates teacher (and so many other things that go hand in hand with being self-employed), I find that keeping your spark is more important than ever. By “spark” I mean what drives you to get out of bed every morning, and why you do what you do.
I’ve been employed for myself for just two weeks, and I am already aware of the stark contrast between the two worlds. I can see that not finding your way in the sea of possibilities can leave you spinning your wheels for hours, days, weeks, and probably even years.
Knowing your spark can be a challenge, but knowing where to look helps a lot.
I ask questions.
Sometimes asking the right question is everything. What do I want my students to feel? Why do I want to teach at all? All these questions lead to answers about internal motivations and then…the spark!
And when I’m having a day where I forget about my spark, or it becomes murky because of some unpleasant interaction or just an overwhelmingly busy day, like earlier this week, I ask you questions because that’s something we all have in common – we are all human, we all have those days, and we all have sparks.
And that’s where I find it again.
So while brainstorming the newest copy of my newsletter, The Well, I decided to ask you about your spark for the year.
Here is what you said.
While we don’t all write our resolutions in our notebooks, or keep track of our goals on a blackboard (kudos to those of you that do that!), we all think about our intentions. We all have things that drive us and keep us moving forward. So I thought we can all benefit from hearing from each other.
You are an amazing and inspiring group of people. Being surrounded by people who are always striving and moving toward something greater – no matter what it is – makes me feel so alive and energized.
Looking forward to seeing you in class. Let the sparks fly!
If you want to read the February newsletter, you can find it on the Maria Bardet Pilates facebook page.