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Success is no accident

Posted on 14th May, 2012 by Admin

As we draw into the season of those super crisp early mornings, the temptation to just roll over, bury myself under the covers and call it a day is definitely strong. And that’s nothing compared to how hard it is to get the kids out of bed sometimes! However, as adults we know that regardless of how we may feel right now we need to get up, face the day and throw ourselves fully into whatever’s ahead of us. With the beginning of the winter season this is the time of year when we have so many opportunities to teach our kids those life building values, such as determination and perseverance. We can teach our kids not to focus only on myself and how I feel at this moment, but begin to see the bigger picture of life and how I fit into it.

World famous soccer star, Pele, has something to say about this: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” When our kids are filling the airwaves with those age-old early morning comments (“It’s too cold to get up”, “I don’t want to go today”, “I can’t do it, its too hard” …) our right response can build attitudes that will bring succes into their lives. It can be our  example and parenting that gives them the confidence and determination to persevere, and we can provide the fun factor which really is the lubricant of the whole engine.

We don’t need conditions to be perfect, we don’t need all the latest equipment, we don’t need to wait till we feel at our most cheerful and energetic – we can get out teeth into life’s challenges right now. Bill Shankly, soccer manager for England, is definitely from a country where the right weather rarely comes along. He said (no doubt on a cold, cloudy, wet day!): “What a great day for football, all we need is some green grass and a ball.” Let’s not wait for the ‘right moment’, let’s get out there and use what we have. Let’s teach our kids that regardless of how easy or hard, how we feel right now, what difficulties we are facing, we can determine to try hard and keep on trying until we achieve our goals. With this in hand, they’ll be unstoppable!!