All adults have the opportunity to influence children’s lives. And the greatest influence you can give is your belief in the young person. When children know that an adult in their life believes in them, their discipline issues will decrease.
When I was a teacher, a poster I had in my classroom read: “I would rather try and fail than not try and succeed.”
If you instill the PERCEPTION THAT SUCCESS IS ATTAINABLE, people will try and will have the self-discipline needed for success. If they do not believe success is possible, regardless of how easy the task or how smart the person, the goal will not be attained.
One of the most enduring comments people say about others who have influenced their lives is, “He/she believed in me.”
How are you showing the youth in your life that you believe in them?