How often do we talk about success with our young people? We expect them to grow up and become highly successful citizens, but that doesn’t happen over night. Children won’t become successful just because they graduate from high school.
A child’s enhancement in life is NOT about his or her test scores or school grades.
Allow me to share a few steps to help build successful youngsters:
1. Define success. Each of us have different definitions of success. Ask 10 children what “success” means to them. I promise you won’t get the same answer. Understanding this, don’t force your opinion of success on a child. For a high school teen, graduating from high school without getting pregnant may be success because her grandmother and mother were pregnant in high school. Success to another student may be to attend the Ivy League school that his or her parents graduated from. Help to build a successful child based on their current perspective of success.
2. Evaluate Your Success. Can you help someone become successful if you aren’t? Of course not! Reflect and analyze your life. Children pay attention to what you model. Be the standard. Also, be able to define what success means to you.
3. Speak Greatness. Simply tell a child, “You’re great and I expect you to do great things!” How often to we speak over our children’s lives? We need to start. Start today. Start now. Put positive things in the atmosphere. Be genuine. Allow children to know you care. Trash the negativity!
Success is possible! We have to know what it means to be successful, enable a life of success, and align our words up with how successful we want to be!
Have I helped you? What’s your definition of success? Are you ready to put these steps in action?