Last year, the planners of Think Tank decided to try to promote social connection within the group and with those who wanted to but were unable to attend by using Twitter. This may have been a somewhat ill-advised idea, as PD people are, as a rule, not all that tech savvy. Not that many of us were "on" Twitter or knew how to use it. But some of us did, and I was one of those people. So I tweeted during the event, and one of the profound things I noticed (and recorded) was that people seemed to be full of self-doubt and were unwilling to share what they knew until they were better at it or famous or something. This was distasteful to me. Now, you should know that one of the key beliefs of Adlerian psychology is that people need to have the "courage to be imperfect" and that "mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn." This stance seemed sorely lacking, and of course I tweeted about it. (You can follow me at https://twitter.com/debpysno.)
Fast forward to this winter. I get a call from the Positive Discipline Association to see if I would like to be involved in planning this year's Think Tank. Who, me? The one who wrote a five-page "evaluation," full of suggestions? Can I? Dare I? Well, I looked back through my tweets and then I knew what I had to do. One of the things I try hardest to do is to "walk my talk." I couldn't very well criticize others for holding back or being fearful of imperfection and then do the very same thing myself, could I? I had to hold myself accountable or all my lofty protestations would mark me as a fraud. So I said "yes."
Will I boldly step into the limelight and model (and invite others to display) the courage to be imperfect? Will I be imperfect? (Those are different!) Will I be able to live with myself either way? Stay tuned as I embark on my plan for living what I say I believe. Should be a wild ride (it has been so far!).