We have been working so hard to build our R Factor skills. Last week I had the privilege of being part of a group who provided R Factor training the entire staff at Milton Union schools in Springfield. I was in charge of teaching R1-Press Pause. It was a great refresher for me and really got me thinking and reflecting about how we all use R1-Press Pause.
For many of us, it is easy to press pause, especially in an uncomfortable or potentially uncomfortable situation. This doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes let my emotions take over causing me to forget to (or choose not to) press pause. But, just as forgetting to pause can be detrimental, so can pressing pause and staying there for too long.
When I was reviewing my presenter notes last week, this quote stuck out to me and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it:
Your level of comfort is not a reference point for what you should do.
On our journey to ELITE we must pause so we can see our events with clarity and courage. Courage is such an important piece of the R1!
This week at school I was able to witness a courageous example of two staff members who PRESSED PAUSE with courage, GOT THEI MINDS RIGHT and then STEPPED UP so that they could make steps to improve a difficult situation. These two staff members could have gotten stuck on pause. They could have let animosity build. But instead, they responded to their event with courage. They did not let their level of comfort (and in this case, their level of discomfort) be a reference point for what they should do. Because of their willingness to STEP UP and be vulnerable, they have created a new and very positive E for one another.
Take some time to reflect on how you PRESS PAUSE.
Do you forget to pause and let emotions guide you?
Do you get stuck on pause?
Do you let your level of comfort be a reference point for your RESPONSE?
Pressing pause is a gateway skill in R Factor. How well you implement R1 will dictate your successful R to any E.
Here is your staff update for November 3rd.