Pause for a 3rd quarter review with Rose-Colored Glasses

By Leigh Barnes, IPLI Mentor, Union Township School Corporation

We have all heard of viewing life or a situation through “rose-colored glasses.” Wiktionary defines this “rose-colored” view as: 

An optimistic perception of something, a positive opinion; seeing something in a positive way, often thinking of it as better than it actually is.

As we finish the third quarter and head into the daunting list of tasks encompassing the fourth quarter, I ask you to pause instead of panic. This pause will allow you to reflect. Much research has been done on the benefits of daily reflection, yet many of us still forsake ourselves and can’t make the time.

Right now, press the pause button and reflect on the first three quarters through rose-colored glasses.

As you answer these questions, make a conscious decision to use an optimistic, positive view, even if it is a little better than it is.

  • What is something you’ve accomplished that you are proud of?
  • What was the most challenging part of the first three quarters for you? What progress have you made?
  • Where is your favorite place in your school, and why?
  • What three things have you already implemented to help your students and teachers?
  • What are the three most important things you learned thus far this year?
  • What is hard for you at the start of the year but easy now?
  • What are three improvements you have already made?

Reflecting on our leadership through rose-colored glasses…is that a bad or a good thing? Some say the view limits you and allows you to settle where you are. Some say the view breeds positivity, permeating your attitude, energy, brain power, and ability to keep pushing forward. I believe in the latter; as leaders, we need to pause and reflect with rose-colored glasses to consciously push out the negative and focus on all the wonderful rewards and proud accomplishments of the year thus far. I can only believe this will rejuvenate and motivate us to continue and create more in the months ahead. So put those rose-colored glasses on and reflect; you deserve it!