Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Discipline and Focused

"There is nothing more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. The world is full of educated derelicts with no real direction. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Self discipline and consistent focus on being the best you can be will determine your personal and professional success."

The above statement found on the web from a man encouraging others to follow their dreams. He shared his story of his education, both informal and formal and the above sentence was his final statement.
I've met those same people or ones much like them. They are all around us aren't they?
We are missing the discipline and consistent focus. It starts are home with those things that might appear small and irrelevant to a child's future and are neglected. Teaching a child to be organized is part of discipline. "Put it back where it belongs", a chant too often not heard in homes. Setting schedules, ones that can flex a little in case of major plan changes and preparing the child to deal with this flex goes a long way to preparing them to face the outside world. Schedules also set a framework for small children which subtracts stress from their life. If they know that a certain chore is to be done at a certain time or on a certain day, they are mentally prepared, focused and disciplined to accomplish that goal.
As my husband likes to say "Nobody plans to fail; people just fail to plan."
We are the keeper's of our child's future. Their future starts at birth as well as their education. Teaching discipline and focus is a parent's responsibility. It starts 5 years before they reach the classroom.
Persistence added to discipline and focus leads to success and rewards. Don't lead your child to failure. Start early, set an example. Do it every day. The payoffs are enormous.

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