Everyone has talent. From children to adults, talent generally exists, even when those same people don’t realize it. If you’re looking for ways to help your child unlock their talent, here are six secrets that can be instrumental in helping you do just that.
Whether or not you know your child has a penchant for singing, art, or even sports, and even though they may already be excelling in certain aspects of those endeavors, there are a number of things that can be done to help them unleash their full potential early, rather than waiting too long.
Here are six secrets that can help you unlock your child full potential.
Focus on the effort.
Natural ability is one thing, but no one really excels at anything without effort. Even the most naturally gifted men and women in this world have put in hundreds and even thousands upon thousands of hours into their craft to become as good as they are at it.
For your child, make sure you focus on their effort, not the results or their natural ability. When you praise the child for their natural ability, you take away the impact that their effort has had on getting to that level of skill.
Look for the passion.
It’s one thing to have a seemingly natural talent about something and not have any passion for it. For children who don’t seem very interested in something, it can be difficult for the parent to watch them ‘throw it all away.’
But what are they throwing away? If they don’t really have the desire to do it, forcing them isn’t going to accomplish much at all. Some parents have the belief that if they force their child to do things because they notice a talent in them, they may appreciate it much later on in life. Sure, that’s possible, but it’s also far more likely they end up hating it all together and never get a chance to enjoy it.
Encourage them to accept mistakes.
Mistakes and failures are what help people excel in just about anything. Research now indicates that people who practice on the edge of their abilities, essentially pushing themselves to the limit, end up excelling much more than those who stay within their comfort zone.
Understand that slow practice can still be productive.
Some parents have a tendency to push their children to practice harder and faster. When they practice slower, though, it allows them to analyze mistakes, fix situations better, and become better at analyzing their own skill set.
Sometimes, slow practice is better than hard and fast.
Develop mental skills.
Research has indicated that imagining performing certain tasks, focusing on every little detail and doing it right, can actually improve the physical capabilities of an individual. Help your child learn to master these mental mimicry skills and it will pay off when they go out onto the field, settle in front of an easel, or sit down at their chosen instrument.
Learn to step back.
As a parent, you want to be involved in your child’s life. But sometimes it’s best to step back and allow the child to develop and grow, as well as practice, on their own. You can certainly offer guidance, but don’t push them too hard.