What am I 100% confident in doing?
Reflecting on this question is one of the homework items for my yoga teacher training course (more background here).
I have to say, it took me a long time to come up with the answer. Whatever I thought of, I almost immediately disproved it with some counterexamples, real or hypothetical, which would undermine my full confidence. I thought of my abilities to persuade my peers at work, my presentation skills, my physical resilience and my planning discipline.
I guess there’s never a 100% confidence level but if I eliminate a certain “margin of error”, I’d say I’m confident at:
- Preparing high quality Powerpoint presentations (sometimes even without knowing the topic at all)
- Planning my travels quite well (even obsessively at times)
- Making small talk or entertaining a conversation with almost anyone (I’m afraid of silence, so that’s a pretty powerful motivator)
Now what does this have to do with yoga training?
The reflection is meant to help us trainees identify what aspects of a subject matter boost our confidence, and enable us to deliver something successfully… such as a yoga class at some point 😉
If I think of what I wrote above, the qualities that foster my confidence in doing something (in this case teaching yoga) are:
- Experience → that needs some time, need to gradually build up
- Knowledge / expertise → also needs time, but it’s already work in progress
- Personal motivation → already there!
So maybe I’m 50% on my way to 100% confidence?! May be overly optimistic but it’s ok, sounds pretty good to me 🙂
There’s obviously lots of work to be done but I’m on my way, or better put: on my path of yoga. I’ll keep reporting, and hope our paths will cross (again) soon!