Develop Emotional Freedom
Teacher Motivation / Student Motivation
The quality of your teaching is impacted by your attitude toward life.
Feeling oppressed or depressed by circumstances, compromises one’s ability to relate in loving and effective ways with anyone, including with children.
Feeling enthusiastic, secure and inspired catapults one’s power and skills in all areas of life, including our personal and professional relationships.
Feeling disappointed, discouraged, or defeated drains one of power and ability.
Your students needs you to connect with them and to respond to them with just the right expression of emotion to feel the sense of connection and understanding they need to feel in their relationship with you.
When a teacher relates with students in a morose, lack-luster, emotionally disengaged manner, the students feel rejected, dejected, ignored, overlooked and alienated.
In other words, the emotional condition emanating from the teacher is absorbed and replicated in the students.
Just as the performance of the adult in low spirits declines, the performance of the child declines, and this is one of the causes of classroom child behavior problems, including poor academic performance.
For the sake of our students, if not for ourselves, we need to be emotionally free.
Emotional freedom means that you are not caught up in any emotion at all. You are internally FREE to select the emotional condition that best suits the needs of the circumstances.
The Power of Emotional Freedom:
Your circumstances do not run your emotions, but rather,
you harness the power of your emotion to help you
to direct your circumstances.
Your emotional reaction to circumstances, including to your child’s behavior, is fundamentally a choice. But if you are not self-aware enough, it seems that you have no choice but to emotionally react as you are programed to do.
To gain emotional freedom, ask yourself, “What emotional state, mood, attitude or feeling would be best for me to have right now?”
Particularly practice this when you find yourself feeling
down, emotionally rattled or drain.
This question helps you to dis-identify with your pre-programmed emotional reaction pattern and awaken to the power of your choice on the emotional level.
When you harnessthe power of your emotions to relate as effectively as possible with your students, your emotions help you to help your students succeed.
But when your emotional reactions run you, they inhibit your ability to come up with creative and constructive responses to your students.
Intense emotional reactions, even mildly nervous states of frustration, anxiety and disheartenment, inhibit our ability to connect with the proper emotion and even to understand what is actually needed from us.
The more emotional one is, the more unclear
and even delusional the thinking.
For instance, while a teacher feels resentful of a student for interrupting yet another lesson with unrulely classroom antics, the teacher does not realize that he is actually not angry at his student His anger is a response to how he is THINKING of his student.
In fact, while that teacher is under the influence of his emotional reaction, he will not be capable of recognizing this fact, but will confuse the student's past behavior with his own mental-emotional behavior in the present. This causes the teacher to feel even more powerless and more like a victim.
Under the influence of an emotion, our confused thinking has us believing that some other person or our circumstance is the cause of our disturbed emotional reaction. But our emotional reactions are our responses, they are how we are dealing with that other person or circumstance.
You have to calm down to clearly see that YOU are the cause of your emotional states, to see how you cause them, and then to connect with the inner feeling that most empowers you to succeed.
Empower teachers to succeed with zest, and to
fire up their students with academic zeal!
Provide them with a powerful, positive staff teambuilding motivational seminar or keynote at your next In-Service Day or Conference.
Call 404-297-4043 or e-mail to schedule a program or
discuss this further. School can be a happy place!