The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Heather Leventry
April 29, 2021

Stepping into a classroom, Zoom room, or starting a conversation with someone new is always tricky. You tell yourself you are ready. Inside, you feel energized and afraid at the same time.

I remember the story I needed to say to myself the first time I taught a class.

You got this!

You are ready!

Everyone believes in you.

I remember getting my evaluation at the end of the week. My CSAT was 58%. Mortified, I vowed never to look at a course evaluation again. I missed so many kind words because I was so worried about rejection. I told myself that I wanted to leave class each week with a good feeling. And I could tell myself that I did a great job. And I could feel happy.

Truth be told. Feedback makes us better. We can only iterate when we learn how we can improve. It means we need to take the good with the bad.

I got much better at feedback when I left the classroom and started to design classes. I didn’t take feedback so personally. I was motivated to create training for my audience and not just training for myself. And I started writing better training classes. 

The story to tell ourselves is this: It is okay to fall on your face sometimes. Remember these words from Chumbawamba, ” I get knocked down, but I get up again. You are never gonna keep me down.” 

Are you interested in intentional learning? Meet Heather Leventry. She thrives at the intersection of learning design and training. A born collaborator, Heather helps businesses solve problems with learning products. Connect with Heather on LinkedIn to learn more.