By Sunnuhvoll Staff
We all want what’s best for the children in our life. We want them to grow up to be happy, successful, contributing members of society.
But it can sometimes feel overwhelming as there is so much we need to teach children in order to equip them to face the challenges of life. Knowing what principles are the most important to success can make a huge difference in helping to guide our efforts. Following are our top five recommended habits to teach children that will best help to ensure their success later in life:
1. Accept Personal Responsibility
Success comes to those who recognize that their success is completely dependent on them and their actions. It’s so easy for people to make excuses on their external circumstances and to blame their lack of success on others.
A lot of these habits and patterns of thought are started in our childhood. We can help children by allowing them to experience the consequences of their actions. It can be painful to watch children suffer the consequences of bad choices, but by doing so you will be helping them accept personal responsibility which will help them throughout their life.
2. Take Initiative
One of the big differences between those who achieve success and those who don’t is the ability to take initiative when opportunities present themselves.
We can encourage children to take this same initiative early in life, and by so doing will strengthen their confidence in being able to solve problems and create solutions. When you hear a child complain about anything, ask them how they might be able to take initiative to solve the problem they’re complaining about.
3. Work Hard
Hard work can make up a for a lot of inadequacies when it comes to achieving success. If hard work isn’t a habit that children learn when they’re young, it’s much less likely they’ll learn how to work hard later in life.
One of the best ways to teach children to work hard is to work alongside them. Children learn best by example, and so having good examples of those in their life is a very important element for them to develop this habit.
4. Make Friends
This is a skill that is often over-looked when examining the skills that lead to success, but its importance cannot be overstated. The ability to make friends and to have people like us is just that, it’s a skill. As such, it can be learned.
Helping children to be considerate, polite, and friendly will open up many doors for them in this life. We could discuss many stories where less-talented people have achieved incredible heights of success solely because of their people skills.
5. Be Persistent
The last habit that is essential for children to learn is the habit of being persistent. Setting goals doesn’t do much for us if we don’t persistently follow the actions we’ve outlined for ourselves. There have been legions of people with great intentions that have set out to do some amazing things, but their lack of persistence in effort led them to fall short of their desired outcome.
The best way to encourage children to be persistent is by discouraging their desire to quite something they’ve started. It’s easy to quit when things aren’t going quite as we imagined, but helping children to push through those objections will help them to learn persistence.
Success often comes out of the habits and patterns we develop in our youth. By focusing on helping the children in your life develop these habits while they’re young, you’ll be setting them on a path to success at a very young age.