HOLD THE ROPE
With the talk of trust this week on #SAVMP, I came across this inspirational story that became the motto for our basketball team a few years ago during our quest for a Regional Championship! I think it can apply to schools especially as we try to foster trust and resiliency.
Every year a professional football team wins the championship. Every year a college football team wins the NCAA title. Every year the best high school team in Division A on down wins the state crown. All these teams have one thing in common: No matter how tough it became throughout their season, they did one thing — they held the rope!
What is “holding the rope?” Imagine that you are hanging from the edge of a cliff with a drop of twenty thousand feet. The only thing between you and a fall to your death is a rope, with the person of your choice on the other end. Who do you know that has the guts to pull you to safety?
Who will hold the rope?
Who do you know that is going to let that rope burn their hand and not let go? How many people that you know are going to withstand the burning pain to hold the rope for you?
If you can name two people, that’s not good enough, because those two people might not be around. Our entire staff needs to be trusted to hold the rope if we ever want to help each child reach its fullest potential.
The next time your team is together, look around and ask yourself, “Who could I trust to hold the rope?
When you can look at every member on your team and say to yourself that they all would hold the rope, you are destined for success.
It will be my job as principal to inspire trust. I want to foster a trusting environment where all members hold the rope for each other because it is then we will know we are all committed to student achievement.
Don’t let go of the rope…Hold on to it…for yourself, your staff, and your students.