Every successful person in history has one thing in common – motivation. They all have extreme motivational tendencies, and in most cases, they have stories behind their sense of motivation.
When you hear stories of Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Phelps, Steve Jobs, and many many others, you want to know what exactly motivated them to do such great things?? And we, as parents, want to set good examples and make sure that we raise children who are just as successful. We want them to WANT to do well. We WANT them to have pride in their work.
So how do we ensure that we are raising our children to motivate themselves to do well?
Well, first thing’s first – how well do you know your child? You will find that when dealing with a reward program to encourage motivation, you need to reward appropriately. You cannot offer a night out with friends when your child would rather stay at home and play Fortnite.
You will have to know how to reward (and punish) appropriately, based on your child’s wants and desires.
One important thing to remember – Praise and Encouragement are universal. These are motivational aspects that will work with any child, no matter what age.
Here are some more tips that could help with encouraging motivation:
TIPS TO ENCOURAGE MOTIVATION
- Help your child set some goals.
- Make a plan – steps that will help them reach their goals.
- Celebrate their accomplishments. No accomplishment is too small for a celebration.
- Make things a little competitive.
- Encouragement works!
- Take an interest in what their plans are.
- Discover their passions.
- Remain positive – even when they are experiencing a down period.
- Be aware of peer pressure and what your child may be up against.
- Excite them! Make them excited about reaching their goals.
According to an article by CNBC – there are nine habits that highly successful people practice.
- They get up early.
- They read a lot.
- They spend 15-30 minutes a day on focused thinking.
- They make exercise a priority.
- They spend time with people who inspire them.
- They pursue their own goals.
- They get enough sleep.
- They have multiple lines of income.
- They avoid time-wasters.
In conclusion, knowing our children, and actually spending some time with them may help us motivate them. Also, if we practice some of these habits, and set some of our own goals, we might inspire our children by setting some good examples!