Perseverance, the willingness to persist in the face of challenges and use these moments to demonstrate commitment and resolve. This is true for athletes, parents, leaders, children and anyone else willing to reframe challenges as opportunities.
Life is full of opportunity disguised as challenges or obstacles and each of us has the power within us to accept or give up during tough times. When accepted, challenges can lead to growth and fulfillment. This is true and evident daily in Jasper room in which our friends are learning to persevere and use their strategic thinking when resolving conflicts or in completing a certain task.
At times it is easier said than done, children are prime examples of wanting instant mastery, flawless performances and overnight success, however in reality, our true character, growth and potential are determined by how we deal with life’s obstacles. These are some of the ideals that are beginning to develop in our young friends and we must foster this sense of perseverance in all forms in order for growth to occur.One thing is certain in this world and that is the fact that life is unpredictable and presents endless challenges, obstacles, and experiences. It is in how we handle these challenges that will determine our growth.
Success is often found just beyond the point at which you feel like giving up…just beyond the moment when you think you can’t stand it anymore. Persevering beyond what is comfortable is a necessary part of personal growth.
Perseverance is also a necessary ingredient for development. However, this attribute needs to be encouraged. Helping children learn to be patient and to persist in spite of difficulties or failure are attributes that will contribute to their future success.
I’m a big believer that anyone can do just about anything they really want to do.
Parents and educators play a significant role in encouraging perseverance in children. Some ways adults can support children in developing perseverance include:
- Believing in each child’s ability to achieve.
- Giving positive feedback when a child puts forth extra effort.
- Helping children to realize that everyone makes mistakes, but what is important is to keep trying….not always doing the same thing…but sometimes shifting gears or making adjustments to strategies or plans.
- Encouraging children to regroup and to continue trying.
- Encouraging children to try new things.
The interesting thing about perseverance, is that it is available to all of us. Hold steadfast to your vision, your hopes, your goals and dreams. It doesn’t matter if you get there fast or get there slow, as long as you keep on going! Never stop and never give up!
Have a great weekend everyone 🙂