Unslumping Myself

For the first time in my life (hyperbole, but it seemed like a good intro), I disagree with Dr. Seuss. In Oh, the Places You’ll Go, he wrote, “unslumping yourself is not easily done.” I think it can be easily done. Just do something. This post is my “something.” And…I tweeted a few “somethings” this morning (early!).

I have felt that I am in a “blog/twitter slump” for a couple of weeks. Here are some of my excuses. Do any resonate with you about something you feel slumped about?

  • I am too busy. I can’t prioritize blogging and tweeting right now.
  • I don’t have time to write. I need to work on all the close-of-school and 2011-12 opening-of-school stuff.
  • I can’t think of anything good to write. I don’t want people to be disappointed in my posts or tweets. I want to say something profound.

Then, it hit me. I was slumped, at least partly, by a fixed mindset. If even a fraction of why I did not feel like writing was because I was worried what other people might think, then I had slipped into a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset [see Carol Dweck’s Mindset]. Hey, it happens to all of us. So…what to do? Just tweet. Just write. Don’t do it for any recognition, and don’t not do it for fear of failing. To quote the famous Nike adage, “Just do it.” So…this is my swing at the ball for this morning. I might miss. So what. I am writing. I am unslumping myself. Is there something you need to unslump yourself about? Pick one actionable item, and try. Ignore all the reasons not to try, and just do something. 

Some folks might say, “Bo, it’s just blogging and tweeting. What’s the big deal?” (Of course, few if any of those folks probably read any of this.) The big deal is this (for me) – blogging is a great way for me to think out loud. I get to see what I am thinking by reading what I am writing. And if that’s all that happens, it’s worth it. But sometimes, someone reacts or responds to something I have written. Then, a conversation can happen. And I can do this for others on their posts and tweets. A seed can grow roots and stems. For me, blogging and tweeting (tweeting is just blogging in shorter bursts)
has connected me to a community, a network, of learners for which I am very thankful. I have felt disconnected from this network for two weeks. I want to reconnect. This will help me get started. This may just unslump me. It’s worth a try. Excuses got nothing on the screen. Taking 10 minutes and a risk produced something so that I could see what I am thinking. And, who knows…maybe a conversation can start.

8 thoughts on “Unslumping Myself

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  3. Don’t have a ton of time to write, Bo ( ; ) but a quick reminder: You’re not “blogging and tweeting.” You’re thinking and reflecting.

    Does that make the investment of time and energy seem more worthwhile?

    Bill

    • Bill, as always, I so value and appreciate your feedback, advice, and encouragement. As you might suspect, I believe that the investment of time and energy seem worthwhile – of course! That’s never been the problem. Even with worthwhile endeavors, we can get in a slump and neglect the habits and practices that we believe worthwhile. During the last two weeks of school, I noticed that I had not been blogging and tweeting as I like to do. I was still thinking and reflecting, but I was not sharing through these venues. Interestingly, I noticed that a lot of folks that I read online seemed to be in a similar decrease in online activity. This got me thinking even more about the important professional development aspect of blogging and tweeting. But even more importantly, it got me thinking about the growth mindset and committing to doing something – even a small thing – in order to stay consistent and to keep pushing and growing. I saw my example as a possible metaphor for many other examples that people face when we neglect the important. Does that make sense?

  4. I enjoyed the Ted Talk. Thanks for guiding us to this. I think there is a miniature bamboo forest at Westminster near the “Pool House” not far from the Girls’ Lacrosse field.

    I don’t find “blogging” and “tweeting” as necessary activities for intellectual engagement, even constant engagement. Your slump might be a “respite” which will allow you to clarify ideas and refresh your spirit.

    In follow-up to Howard Gardner’s address yesterday, I would like to point out that orchestra studies excel at two of his concluding ideas: we are good at giving our students formative feedback (almost constantly), and we are good at having students use learned skills in new ways.

  5. Crazy! I feel slumped as well. Missed #scichat last night, not following up on my blog well, AND just picked up Dweck’s Mindset today. Your post rang very true for me. Thanks!

  6. As my wise PLC co-facilitator tells me, “Perfect is the enemy of good.”

    I will follow that with my own favorite saying, “Something is better than nothing.” When you do something, you risk failure but you can learn from your mistakes and grow. However, when you do nothing, nothing happens.

    Today my “something” will be boarding the plane to France with my students. “Something” is about to happen, and I’m looking forward to the many “somethings” we’ll experience together!

  7. Bo,
    This is a great post, and I’ve felt many of the same feelings as the year comes to a close, and certainly my blogging fell off a cliff in the last few weeks of school, and the funny thing was the less I found myself making time for blogging and reflecting on my work, the less time I felt I had overall. Not blogging wasn’t saving me any time. I will definitely keep this in mind next time I don’t have time to blog.

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