Some will say that it is almost impossible to stay positive in our country at this stage. It seems that everything is working against us and the worst may still to come. It is like a perfect storm brewing and yes, I do have serious concerns about the future that this country holds for our children. However, making a list of what’s not working and sketching a one-dimensional picture of a distorted reality is what sells newspapers. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, are a model of optimism – evangelising for a better world and working to make it happen. Entrepreneurs see opportunities everywhere and in all circumstances.
As parents, we have a responsibility towards our children. Irrespective of how we feel about current realities, it is imperative that we pay very close attention to the messages that we convey and to dissociate ourselves from the “qualified” doomsday prophets amongst us.
How to teach:
- Optimism is contagious, so lead by example. Share positive stories and inspirational talks with your kids to cultivate gratitude and encourage positive thinking.
- Stop complaining and decide to become part of the solution.
- Invest in your kids’ dreams and teach them to invest as well. Some of their dreams may be unrealistic – guide them, keep an open and supportive mind.
- Reiterate that our dreams are within our own sphere of influence. It is the easiest thing in the world to look for a scapegoat when things are not going the way we want. Take responsibility!
Parental involvement and behaviour deeply shape a child’s view of the world, either positive or negative. We need to raise kids that anticipate a world full of opportunities. Change starts in our homes. Do your bit.