Liberation Kamali Family,
Because of early success or failure in an endeavor, young warriors tend to develop a positive or negative belief about their propensity in that endeavor.
If they quickly grasp mathematical concepts, they tend to think, “hey, I’m good at this.” If writing essays don’t come easy, you might hear, “I’m just not a good writer.”
Surely we have heard similar statements coming from our own mouths over the years as well. These statements may well be “true” at the moment. But that doesn’t mean we cannot improve in a particular endeavor that we struggle in and, conversely, it doesn’t mean that our skill or understanding won’t deteriorate over time. I certainly thought I was a beast in math until they introduced letters. Lol (I’ve worked hard on my math skills over the last few years. Just check our Mental Math class for proof.)
There are plenty of people who overcame early failure to become a success in the very field they once struggled in. What separates them from most of us is that they were optimistic that they could indeed improve. They didn’t take their lack of success as a permanent state.
Learning to be optimistic can help us in every area of our lives especially education. Too often I hear parents say, “I’m not good in math.” Too often I hear repatriates to Ghana say, “I’m just not good with learning languages.” That limiting belief blocks so much in our lives.
What if we went into difficult circumstances with the positive, optimistic viewpoint that I can learn or become proficient in anything I put my mind to? What if we see the struggle as temporary and focus on the long term benefits of what we are seeking? How would that change your life? How would it change the life of your young warrior?
Help your young warrior become more optimistic. The benefits are plenty. Go HERE for 45 benefits.
I know you might think that some people are just naturally “glass half empty” folks, but optimism can be learned. Don’t be a pessimist. Be optimistic about your ability to change and grow. The ultimate blocking thought is “that’s just the way I am.” The ultimate liberating thought is “we are what we say we are.”
Remember, as the warrior parent, your example will go a long way in shaping your young warrior’s view on life. Be sure to demonstrate your optimistic thinking whenever possible.
Baba Dr. Brotha Samori Camara
from Accra, Ghana