How to Build the “Dare Greatly” Side of Your Child?
Posted: May 17, 2019
By Master Christopher Rappold
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? If you are like me, the answer may be “More than I am doing right now”. Why is this? As I reflect on it, I think it partly comes from two pains; first, the pain we associate to trying new things; and second, the pain of carrying the memories of falling short and feeling like we lost. Whether it was criticism from another or something else, the not doing is more pleasurable than the potential gain from stepping out of your comfort zone.
Keith Rollag, Babson University professor and author of the book, What to do When You’re New: How To Be Comfortable Confident and Successful In New Situations, suggests the answer might be being less focused on performance and more focused on fun. Let’s face it: when we can help to shape our children’s focus by pointing out the adventure and fun of something, rather than our children sensing they didn’t rise up to our expectations, they are going to be more at ease in trying new activities.