As the school bell rings signaling a new year of learning, a collective sigh from parents across the country is almost audible. New beginnings are exciting times. A fresh start and a time to step back and reflect. Whether a child is starting their first day of kindergarten or the first day of their last year of college, parents frequently ask themselves, “Is my kid on the right track?” And, often, a more frightening question, “What’s next?”
At the heart of every parents’ hopes and dreams for their children is the idea of “success.” While each child and parent defines success differently, at the core is a sense of preparedness for what’s around the corner and being equipped to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. With an ever-changing list of what “must” be done in order to become successful, it’s hard for parents to decide where to place their focus and where to exert maximum effort in teaching their baby chicks to fly.
If you do an internet search for “top skills employers are looking for,” chance are you’ll run across a long laundry list of must-haves to be employable. So long, in fact, that even the most optimistic of parents might long for the days of trying to figure out how to strap in the infant seat on that first car ride home from the hospital. Most of the skills on that laundry list have something to do with:
1. being able to apply what they’ve learned to the work they will be doing, or at least the ability to describe how what they have studied will benefit the company;
2. self-motivation; and
3. good problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Times of transition are times of great stress, both positive and negative. Positive stress causes us to take action. Action is more effective when we have proactivelytaken steps to remove any obstacles that might exist. What obstacles are in the way of you achieving more of your full potential? What steps can you take TODAY to remove one or two of those obstacles? What obstacles do you see in your child’s path to success? Rather than trying to remove the obstacles FOR them, what questions can you ask that causes them to take the steps to remove those obstacles themselves.
Being prepared and putting yourself in the best position to take advantage of opportunities are critical and not as difficult as they might sound. Being more intentional with your actions and teaching your children to be more intentional with theirs is a great first step. For more ways to put yourself in the best position to achieve success, visit Rocks in a Bucket Solutions™.