Have you ever faced a challenge that seemed so daunting and you thought, “No way can I…”? Yet, you gave it a shot by considering what you know about the challenge and pushed forward with courage until, lo and behold, you completed it. For me it’s often a math challenge, like doing my own taxes, or maybe a physical feat such as a 150 mile bike ride. Thinking back and remembering what we know, instead of worrying about what we don’t know, accomplishes half of the challenge. Teaching our children to think back and reflect on past achievements (and failures) encourages them to take one more step forward to accomplishing something that once felt daunting. Isn’t this how all great accomplishments are achieved? “Remember last year when I ran 32 laps at the Read and Run Relay? This year I’m going to run 40.”
Re-minding our children of past victories can provide the ounce of courage needed for new ones. Requiring our children to complete tasks on their own, be it tying their own shoes or building their own class project, nurturing their own faith and confidence leads to a sense of efficacy that develops a great leader.
“I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.” – Thomas A. Edison
“Everything we do seeds the future. No action is an empty one.” – Joan Chittister