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Living an Authentic Life: A Tribute to Teresa Revisited

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Teachers are everywhere. One doesn’t need a doctoral degree to acquire wisdom nor dispense it. And for certain, some of the most important life lessons are taught outside of classrooms. I’ve learned some important lessons from an extraordinary person, a teacher about life. When I first wrote this article a year and a half ago, I had just come home from my sister-in-law, Teresa’s funeral. She was a person who lived vibrantly and taught me much. For 20 years, we marveled about being married to Beischel men, told stories about our children, sought advice from one another and laughed about our ever-changing hairstyles – color and all. My heart was heavy. I’d lost the mother of my beautiful nieces, the wife of my gentle brother-in-law, and the aunt who was ever-ready to laugh with my children. Teresa was just 53 years young. My thoughts are filled with Teresa this week, her birthday week. As I’ve reflected this week on what I’ve learned from having known and loved this woman, it came to me. These are strategies for living an authentic life. A life that has meaning. 10 Strategies on Living an Authentic Life 1. INDIVIDUALITYTeresa did not worry about what others thought. She would laugh when I expressed worries about trivial […]

WARNING: Immediate student rescue impedes learning

By Kelly Beischel, PhD, RN, CNE She asked me. “How will they benefit?” And I thought “Quit with the freaking questions and just give me the answer, dammit!” And then I laughed. And laughed. And laughed. I laughed so loud that my dog looked at me and slunk away. Let me explain… I’m in a solo-preneur Facebook group where we often help one another when we’re stuck or are blocked in our thinking. I was having a block in coming up with a cool title for my incivility teleseminar. So, I posted a request for help to name the teleseminar. Rather than giving me an answer, Christina, one of the members of this Facebook group relentlessly asked me questions about how the participants would benefit from attending the teleseminar, what would they gain from knowing the signs of bullying etc. I laughed at my “just give me the answer” response because Christina was simply doing her job as a coach, asking me questions until I gained clarity. That’s what teachers do too. We coach, right? We ask questions until students gain clarity. And then my next thought? “That is exactly what our students are thinking – if not saying.” “Just tell me already.” “Just give me the answer.” We’ve all heard it […]

Do you take care of your mojo every day?

Watch my video here to see what I plan to do to boost your mojo, to give you strategies for keeping your body, mind and spirit thriving. 

WARNING: Thoughts Become Things

By Kelly Beischel I love change. I love reading about it. I love listening to podcasts about it. I love learning about the neuroscience behind it. And yes, I love participating in it. Why is this important to me? Because I KNOW that thoughts become things. And if I don’t like my outcomes (things) I need to change my thoughts. I know this to be true only all of the time. I’ve experienced it myself at least 1,000 times. 🙂 I’ve also seen this phenomenon repeatedly play out with students, friends, and clients. Thoughts are like boomerangs. The thoughts you send out to the world are what you’ll get back. So take care of your thoughts. I teach my students this concerning testing. I tell them “If you think you are going to fail a test. You will.” And then we work together on changing their thoughts. If this sounds too woo-woo for you, please keep reading. It will all make sense. I promise. You see, our thoughts cause feelings to arise. These feelings guide our actions. Our actions determine our results. And then? Our results feed our thinking. And on it goes. The TRUTH: Our thoughts are everything. If we want new results, we must think new thoughts. It really is […]

Jump off the Ferris wheel and take action

By Kelly Beischel I’m an information collecting junkie. There. I’ve said it. I’m addicted to collecting information. Just take a look at my email inbox or my bookshelves and you’ll know it’s true. There is nothing inherently wrong with collecting information UNLESS it thwarts us from taking action. Unless it’s a manifestation of procrastination. I’ve seen my clients and my students plagued by this type of procrastination paralysis. And well …. I’ve been there too. This type of procrastination manifests something like this. See if you’ve ever experienced any of these dreaded symptoms: You’ve collected mounds of research, fervently reading and taking notes. You look very productive. And this is great because being productive provides a sanction to stall:        ~ writing a manuscript,        ~ planning an educational event,       ~ revising an outdated policy and procedure manual,       ~ submitting an abstract to present at a conference. You get the picture, right? You solicit input from colleagues about an idea you have for your classroom, your research, your service project. Yet rather than implementing the idea, you continue to gather input. You study for a certification exam beyond the return on investment. Is it just me or does any of […]

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