First and foremost, the common theme that must be instilled in young people is the actuality that they can be successful in life if they recognize their individual and instinctive strengths. Once these strengths are recognized, those talents must be cultivated. The belief is, instead of being a jack of all trades and a master of none, discover the child's gifts and develop them.
How to encourage youths to follow their dreams
- Instruct children on the process of devising a vision for life. It is important to implement the practice of creating vision boards or organizing short and long term goals. A vision board is a procedure used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on specific life goals. A vision board is a display that captures images which can be taken from magazines, books etc. that represent whatever the child wants to be or do in life. A vision board also includes words, phrases or sentences that affirm their intentions. Remember you must see your vision before you can be your vision. Successful people are those who work in a field where their natural strengths and abilities are utilized. Encourage children to do what they love! For step-by-step instructions for creating vision boards visit, http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Vision-Board
- The next step is to help children plan how they will achieve such goals and set deadlines. Reinforce to children that by making a list of 10 goals, they will have moved into the top 3% of successful people in society.
- Youths should dream big dreams! For younger children, allow creativity, no matter how trivial the goal may be.
- Remind children that inevitably, there will be setbacks along their journeys but teach children to be willing to learn from their mistakes and keep moving forward.
- Research, evaluate and concentrate. Urge children to research biographies of those who are successful in fields they may be interested in. Suggest that children evaluate often what they are doing that will lead them toward specific goals. Inspire children to make time to concentrate on enhancing their innate talents.
As stated, it is important for children to see their visions so that they can be their visions. The overall belief is, once a child dreams it, the next step is to believe it which will ultimately lead to the child achieving it.
Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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