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How do I stay authentic to who I am as a teacher—even when students want me to teach something different? —anonymous
One of the biggest challenges teachers face is the conundrum of remaining authentic to oneself and one's own desires instead of adapting to others’ needs and expectations. Most of us in the public sphere will face this issue at some point.
Learn to Distinguish Sacrifice + Compromise
Without a doubt, the path of yoga is one in which authenticity and self-love comes first. But to make this choice a more integral part of our lives, without stalling our ability to grow and adapt, we must learn to make a distinction between sacrifice and compromise. There is a big difference between accepting that it is time to grow into our own next spiral of becoming versus molding ourselves to please others. We go into the specifics of this distinction and how to use that to remain authentic and yet open to growth in our video below.
Determine What Values Guide Your Decisions
To get you started, take note of what values you are using to guide your decisions—are these values true to you? If not, then you may be suffering from lack of integrity. If you do not correct your course, you will lose sight of your own internal compass, and soon enough have a broken GPS trying to take you to a place you actually don’t want to go. On the other hand, if you feel these values are being honored and helping guide your decisions, then what others are demanding of you may be more about them and their need to grow. Your responsibility is to help them see the opportunity for growth in that case. That’s truly the job of a teacher anyway.
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Justin Michael Williams is a vibrant public speaker, musician, and successful yoga instructor who travels the globe training the conscious community to thrive in marketing, media, and business. He has spearheaded the marketing development and social media of over 150 brands, both large and small, including, Sianna Sherman, Ashley Turner, Noah Mazé, and more. He is also the Co-Founder of the Business of Yoga, LLC and hosts Yoga Business Retreats around the world, helping yoga teachers flourish in business. By using his expertise to coach individuals and nonprofits, Justin works to spread positivity and inspire change throughout the social web. See more at justinmichaelwilliams.com
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