Wednesday, December 21, 2011

5 Stages of Accomplishment

I got a congratulatory card today and I had to laugh because this is the exact process I went
through when I was working toward my certificate to teach yoga.

This is what the card read.

5 Stages of Accomplishment

Denial                I can’t do it! 
Uncertainty        Maybe I can do it! 
Resistance        There is no way I can do it!
Panic                AAArgh!  What if I can’t do it?
Acceptance      All right I did it!  Let’s party!!

When I signed up for the class I was terribly optimistic and excited. 

I got the list of books required for completing our assignments.  When all the books arrived and I looked at the pile I thought there is no way I will be able to read all of these in the allotted time.

Then I thought, of course you can do it everyone else will have the same books to read.  I also thought about how many years it had been since I had seriously studied, I hate self-doubt.

When class started and we got our reading assignments I went back to feeling overwhelmed.  Our reading assignments were several hundred pages each week along with written homework due on concepts and traditions I have never heard of, oh boy, what did I get myself into?

Then we started teaching classes, I thought nope I will never be able to do this and my first practice teach the young woman with me was ready to quit and I thought, “What if I can’t do it?”  Then I refocused and thought there is only 40 hours left of class I have made it this far buck up.

Finally, all the teaching was over, reading complete, the homework was handed in, our final exam was finished and all we had was one more weekend and then graduation.

On graduation day, our instructor read the last question from our final exam, What does being a yoga instructor mean to you, we guessed who had written each answer, and in turn went up to received our diploma.  When Scott got to my exam he said, “This one is easy to figure out there are stickers on the test.”  Everyone knew it was mine. :)

Now that class is over and I am teaching all those fears were growth spurts.  I met some amazing people, read sacred scriptures, chanted, meditated, practiced asanas and learned a bit of self-confidence.

When was the last time you took on a project that you had to devote some serious time and effort to?  You may have experienced some of these stages too.

God Bless,
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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