Children are wonderful examples of how we should pursue what we want out of life. In fact, this species of little people are intriguing as they can demonstrate specific characteristics we once lost, and now as adults, need to regain.
For this reason, children make worthy subjects of study. Each child has a unique personality with a remarkable set of talents. They have also been given a set of boundaries by their parents, but they don’t let that worry them, instead they creatively and persistently find ways to both express themselves and ultimately, get what they want.
1. Be fearless
Children are best known for being fearless. They laugh in the face of danger and speak their minds cringingly, in the most inappropriate situations. Their unassuming and inexperienced nature allows them to explore the possibilities. To experiment without the fear of failure.
What is it that you want from life? To start a new business? Secure a new promotion? Sometimes you just have to let go of the fear and go for what you want to see happen. You have to return to that child-Iike state, forget your probabilities calculation and take the risk. Nike had the right idea when they created their slogan – just do it!
2. Have a big imagination
Children naturally think outside of the box. They create a world where nothing is impossible and limitations simply don’t exist. For instance, they will defy the law of gravity and jump off a sofa while performing two karate kicks on the way down and in utter disbelief that they could ever land with their face to the floor. In their world gravity works when you want it to.
Throughout the ages, any person who has achieved a noteworthy goal has had to think like a child. To climb out of the box, or in this case, jump from the top of the box, and ignore what the professionals say. Start to imagine the possibilities.
3. Be persistent
Whether the object of their affection is an ice-cream or a brand new toy, they will get it by any means necessary. They will plead, they will cry, they may even lunge on the floor in the middle of the supermarket, proceeding to kick and scream until they have won the battle. The end result will only be in their favor if they manage to bring their opponent (otherwise known as their parent) to their breaking point.
Beyoncé Knowles started her career as a nine year old and persisted, with the help of her parents, to be an established singer. You also must be persistent when pursuing your goals. You must be relentless in obtaining what you want to achieve.
4. Be positive
Children possess an infectious positive mental attitude. They get excited about the smallest of things, whether it is a sound or an object. Something you often overlook can leave them a fit of giggles. Their zest for life is the key to how they learn and grow. The world to them, is one big adventure playground and they long to have as much fun as they can.
You can recultivate that enthusiasm in your own life. Begin to see the good things already around you and to gravitate towards value adding people and activities.
5. Ask questions
Children like to ask questions, which is all part of their learning. And they can ask very basic questions, which can frustrate even the most patient person. However, they expose the gaps in our knowledge when we don’t know what the answer is.
Always ask questions. Scrutinize your world. What can you learn from what is around you?
Are there any particular characteristics that you have learnt from children?