Do your kids have problems coping with failure? Perhaps they often feel terrible and cannot get over how “badly” they’ve done, or sometimes just give up when things get tough – because that’s the easier way out.
Did you know that this does more harm than good in the long run?
When your child constantly pushes challenges away, he or she is actually losing out on valuable experiences and opportunities to grow. What’s more, your kid might end up feeling unmotivated to learn or pick up new things; or worse, get stuck with a fixed mindset.
Basically, there are 2 kinds of mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that talent alone can bring about success while those with a growth mindset understand that hard work contributes to success. Hence, those with a growth mindset are willing to develop themselves and constantly improve – to ultimately become the best version of themselves. (Yes, this is the World Champion mindset!)
We believe that you want the best for your child. That’s why we’ve put together some essential life strategies that can help your child develop a champion’s mindset.
Today, Evolve Daily reveals 8 Ways You Can Teach Your Child to Think Like a World Champion:
1) Surround your children with greatness so that they can unleash their greatness
Did you know that we all become the average of the 5 people with whom we spend the most time with? That’s why it’s so important to surround your kids with people who can have a positive impact on them. Besides picking up habits, standards, skills, and lessons from these people, we believe that it ultimately shapes who your child will become as he or she grows.
At Evolve, you kids will be surrounded by the largest collection of World Champions – who would play a major role in cultivating discipline and excellence, among other qualities, in them. Once your kids have these qualities, they would then be able to truly unleash their potential.
2) Let them go after what they want, even if it might not work out
As a parent, you’d always want to protect your child – especially when you know that what they want to do wouldn’t end well. But here’s our advice: let them do it. When they make the decision to go after it, they’d not only take responsibility for their actions, but also gain courage and learn about perseverance (especially if this is something they’re passionate about).
Besides being a great way for them to expand their horizons, your kids will also learn to cope with the situation and maybe even work harder or find new ways to succeed.
3) Encourage them to embrace failure and learn from past mistakes
The problem with us is that we sometimes take it out on ourselves and get disheartened when dealing with failure. After all, we sometimes let our achievements define us because we feel like it’s a way of measuring how well we did. But this shouldn’t be the case.
One thing you should never do is to scold your kids for failing, because they would end up thinking that failure is horrible – and this might prevent them from trying new things. Instead, ask them about what they’ve learned and how they can improve and do better the next time.
4) Help them to focus on the process rather than the end result
Even adults have a problem with this one. For some reason, we tend to focus too much on our desired outcome, hence, we get frustrated when we don’t achieve the results immediately.
However, we (and of course, our kids) have to always keep in mind that the journey matters more than the destination. That’s why it’s crucial to teach kids the value of hard work and perseverance. After all, nothing worth having comes easy.
5) Cultivate positive thinking by teaching them to be kind to themselves
The greatest thing you can ever cultivate in your child is that of optimism. Besides enabling them to always look on the bright side of life, they’ll learn to not be too hard on themselves when things don’t go according to plan.
Besides that, when you teach them to always be kind to themselves, you’re also helping them to develop self-confidence – which ultimately leads to self-love and self-belief. And the best part is that they’ll be unbreakable once they truly believe in themselves.
6) Stop them from comparing themselves to others
In order to prevent your kids from comparing themselves to others, you should not do so in the first place. This is because your child needs to understand that everyone is unique and different – and that we all have different strengths.
Help your kids to focus on self-improvement by constantly reminding them that the only person worth competing against is who they were yesterday. It is only when they stop comparing themselves to others that they can really focus on themselves, and ultimately improve and grow.
7) Give them the correct kind of feedback
The next time your kids get an A for a test, praise them for their hard work and effort, rather than the grade itself. By doing so, you’re encouraging them to keep up the good work and constantly do what they’re already doing. Or maybe even outdo themselves the next time.
However, if they don’t do well, don’t harp on their poor results. Instead, show them that you recognize their effort and get them to reflect and figure out what went wrong, and then encourage them to make their weaknesses their strengths.
8) Celebrate their improvements when you notice them
Good things don’t come easy. That’s why it’s important to keep your kids motivated by celebrating their small victories – even if it’s something as simple as them finishing all their homework on time after missing deadlines all week.
When you recognize your kids’ improvements and reward them for it, they’ll be more encouraged to keep improving and be better than they were the previous day. This would help them grow and expand their skills rapidly.
Kids are like sponges. We believe that there’s no better time than now to teach them to think like World Champions – so they can achieve many great things in all aspects of life!