How do you get kids to implement positive habits?
It all starts with how they see themselves and how they see the world around them. That is where we can start as parents to have an impact.
I asked Scott Feld, the owner of Minds Zen Motion, a leading voice in teaching youth about habits and mindset where we can get started as parents.
The first thing that we must do is show them how to flip the switch. What that means is that most teenagers, in fact, most people work from the outside in.
The outside gives them who they are, on the inside.
And that’s a moving target, so if you’re a teenager and you already have hormones and all of that going on, plus you have things that I know I didn’t have, like the non-stop connection to people.
What we want to help them see is that there’s this inner superpower, is what I like to call them, and those inner superpowers are things that we all have but rarely use.
The first one is creativity that imagination. Imagination can be used to support us and lift us up or the limit us and completely stop us.
Since you can imagine anything, do you really want to imagine how scary and how horrible this thing is going to be, or would you prefer to imagine the adventure and the challenge of it.
And when you start imagining the adventure and the challenge of it, you just flip it then you can start moving out of your comfort zone, because the words aren’t scary and hard, they’re adventure and challenge.
Your inner creativity is the key!
This allows you to see the world from the inside out. You create what you want to see using your “inner superpower” of creativity and then work to see it on the outside rather than letting what is outside define who you are on the inside.
Where do we start?
I asked Scott how we start our kids using their creativity to start a better image of themselves and their life.
Do a family vision board activity. Put the ideas of what you want in your life in pictures and then put them on a board that you can see consistently.
Take 10 minutes and an internet search to create your own vision board. Then do the same with your family and have a fun family vision board activity!