Mini pep talks are a good way to impart wisdom and get kids to tune in to what we want to share with them.
There are times our sons just need a quick pep talk to sort through life’s challenges. As a parent, this is not the time to launch into a William Henry Harrison- like speech but to guide him by asking the right questions and engaging critical thinking skills.
1. Change Your Approach
Step out of your point of view and look at things objectively. It will help you gain a new perspective.
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”-Mario Andretti
2. Step Away From the Situation
Take a break from the challenge or obstacle that is blocking you. Don’t try to dominate or overpower it.
“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.” -Brian Adams
3. Be Still
Quiet your mind so that you can get the answer that you need. Just take a few minutes to clear your mind.
“An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.“ -Walter Bagehot
4. Keep Your Enthusiasm
Don’t lose the energy and spirit that you need to keep you going. Start each day with a positive outlook.
“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.“ -Winston Churchill
5. Use Your Imagination
See yourself accomplishing your goals.
“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” -Stephen Covey
6. Write Out Your Dreams/Goals
Write out exactly what you are striving for until it becomes real to you.
“Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top up’s.” -Peter Davies
7. Have Faith
Faith is the greatest motivator of all times, without it you can get nowhere, with it you are a powerful force.
“Walking your talk is a great way to motivate yourself. No one likes to live a lie. Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation to do what you advise others to do.“-Vince Poscente
Originally appeared on Raising Great Men.com