What do you want to be when you grow up? Depending on the day you ask, my daughter may say a dancer, a basketball player, or Ironman. A child won’t hesitate to give you an answer, but ask an adult and see what type of reaction you get. Maybe don’t actually do it…. The point is, kids see endless possibilities in the future. They don’t see barriers, they only see what they can be. The future is endless for a child.
When do we lose this? I would argue that we don’t have to. Countless successful individuals, whether it be in business, sports, or faith use techniques such as visualization or meditation to picture where they want to go. Is that secret to success? Napoleon Hill may say so. In his book “Think and Get Rich” Napoleon talks about visualization and seeing yourself not as you are now, but where you want to be. If you haven’t read Think and Get Rich, it’s a must-read for anyone who wants motivation to find a new career, start a business, or to just improve in their current job.
The truth is you can’t be more than self-image. You can’t be a millionaire if you don’t first see yourself as a millionaire. Likewise, you can’t propel yourself out of poverty if you see yourself as penniless. Self-image and how you view yourself is fundamental to reaching all life’s goals.
This concept comes so freely to children. I watch my daughters dress up as doctors, teachers, and yes Ironman, and they act it out. Through play, they act out what they want to be when they grow up and how they will achieve it. While we as parents want to teach our children, there is a lot we can also learn from our children. Their play shows that we all have this inert ability to visualize and picture where we want to go and what we want to achieve. By fostering this concept in our children, maybe we can help them not to lose this playful spirit and continue to dream big as they enter adulthood.
This is why I started Developing Minds Publishing. Why do kids have to lose these concepts only to have to relearn them through self-development programs as adults? What if the next generation could grow with a strong self-image and continue to dream? Imagine a society full of dreamers. What we could accomplish, or better what couldn’t we accomplish?
Until next time, keep encouraging your kids to dream big, and maybe join in on the fun.
P.S. We won’t tell anyone if you want to wear the Ironman mask.