Teach your kids to dream; here’s how you can encourage them.
Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. Proverbs 10:4
Parents should encourage their kids to follow their dreams. But there is a way to dream that will produce powerful results and there is a way to dream that won’t.
How do you teach your kids to dream?
The Way That Won’t Work
Trying to achieve dreams without putting in the work will not bring long-term results. People talk a lot these days about following their dreams, but that is not usually an easy road to travel. Dreams that don’t cost you are dreams that will not come true.
The Way That WILL Work:
In the book Broken Escalators, author Peter Haas talks about how to achieve dreams. He says,
Indeed, most dreams are forged in the fires of mundane faithfulness. Only fools search for success, because true success isn’t found. It’s forged, in a hot, sweaty room where smoke stings the eyes and the soot abounds.
Research those who’ve achieved success and you’ll find that there is no such thing as an “overnight success.” The successful person may appear to come out of nowhere, but I guarantee you that there was much grunt work and struggle that brought him or her to that point of success.
Your child must be willing to put in the work–extra workouts, training, practice, studying, whatever it takes–to get the success he or she is dreaming of. Does he want to be the captain of the soccer team? Then he will have to work for it. Does she want to get that part in the school play? Then she will have to work for it. Does he dream of playing sports in college? He will have to work for it. Does she hope to make the cheer squad? She will have to work for it.
As you encourage your kids to dream, don’t leave out this very important fact: dreams take work and if you’re not willing to put in the work, then your dreams will remain dreams and never see reality.
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