Do your children seem content to just coast through life?
Do they do enough to get by, while never making the most of their potential?
As a parent, you try to help your children see the importance of doing their best.
But they don’t always take your words to heart.
They seem to think it’s cool to be laid-back – but you definitely don’t.
So you worry that your children won’t be able to find success in the future if they don’t change their mindset.
If this describes your situation, I’m here to share with you specific, practical ways to help your children strive for excellence.
Just to be clear, when I say “excellence” I’m not referring to getting straight A’s or racking up accomplishments.
There’s nothing wrong with working toward these kinds of achievements. But the pursuit of excellence is about much more than that.
It’s about becoming the best that you can be.
It’s about cultivating a deep love for learning.
It’s about continually learning and growing.
It’s about making a difference in the lives of others.
It’s about maximizing your talents and abilities.
I specialize in empowering students to become motivated, focused, disciplined, and resilient.
Through speaking to and working with more than 20,000 students over the years, I’ve come to understand what parents can do to help, too.
In this article, I’ll share with you 15 powerful ways to inspire your children to pursue excellence.
1. Emphasize contribution over achievement.
Many children and teens lose motivation when they feel as though they can’t live up to the expectations of those around them.
This applies especially in the area of academics, because they feel strong pressure to achieve certain grades.
When they don’t get those grades, they become discouraged.
To enable your children to regain focus and motivation, emphasize that education isn’t mainly about getting good grades.
Instead, it’s about acquiring the skills and knowledge that will allow them to contribute more effectively.
By focusing on contribution rather than achievement, your children will find greater purpose in their education. This will make it more likely that they’ll pursue excellence and get good grades too. [Read more…]