The Power of Moments

Blog Author: Lupe Singh, Chief Schools Officer, Collegiate Edu-Nation

At this time of the year, we usually start making remarks such as, “Where did the school year go?”.   When looking back at the school year, we usually define the year by events and seldom ever in meaningful positive moments. Try it! Hopefully, we all have positive memorable moments that can map out our school year.

In the book The Power of Moments, Chip Heath and Dan Heath refer to four elements that define our most memorable moments: elevation, insight, pride, and connections.

  1. Moments of elevation are moments we experience that take us to an extraordinary level of engagement, joy, or motivation.
  2. Insight refers to moments of realization or new discoveries.  Heath refers to these as “trip over the truth” moments.
  3. Moments of pride can best be described as moments when we are courageous, recognized for achievement or times of overcoming challenges.
  4. Purpose and passion can create moments of connection among individuals.

These elements of moments, although different, have one thing in common. They are memorable.  Their purpose is to be the catalyst for a positive change, to make a difference and to be impactful. A memorable moment is more than just a moment of recognition. It is an “out of the box” moment that makes a lasting imprint. It is special and unexpected.  We all need more of these moments in our lives and as leaders, it is important that we find a way to create these moments for those we lead.

Key quotes that inspired me:

“If you want to lead people differently, you have to be cognizant of your ability to change the ordinary.” (Chapter 2)

“Learning who we are, and what we want, and what we are capable of – is a lifelong process.” (Chapter 6)

“If we can create the right kind of moment, we can change relationships in an instant.” (Chapter 11)

My favorite quote is stated below.

“Defining moments shape our lives, but we don’t have to wait for them to happen. We can be authors of them.”  How empowering! With all the educational challenges encountered this year, I believe I have authored many of my positive memorable moments this past year.

Are you ready to author positive memorable moments in your life?  Take a chance!  You might make a difference in your life and others.

Comments 3

  1. Thanks for sharing.
    I read Made to Stick by the same authors, several years ago and loved it. Obviously, I need to add this to my reading list.

  2. What a great practice to recognize the meaningful, positive moments instead of measuring life in events. We can think of 2020 as the year of cancellations or as the year full of moments spent with family. Those were definitely moments of insight, elevation, pride, and purpose! I think if we would practice this thinking more with our family and those we lead at school, we would be more thankful. It is exciting to know we can write these moments for ourselves and those we serve.

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