It takes a lot of courage for most people to speak their mind. Every time we say no to an adult or a child, either because something is too expensive, too far away, too hard or there isn't enough time, we are actually conditioning them to give up on their dreams now and in the future.

How many of us say no, and either give no reason or make it sound like it’s a bad idea even though what we are really thinking is actually “I don’t want or feel like it”?  Next time someone, youth or adult, offers you a suggestion, instead of saying “No”, listen to what they are really asking for or suggesting. Teach and guide them on how they can turn their ideas and goals into reality (without exaggerating!) and then let them decide if it is really worth their time and effort.

Encourage people, especially youth to dream, to expand and to explore their imagination. Encourage them to believe in themselves and to realize that they can achieve more by working together than the sum of their individual efforts and develop their own true potential in life. As humans, we do things together because together we are stronger, more resourceful and more resiliant. Though we may change our strategy along the way, the only time we actually fail is when we give up.

With warmest regards,

Life Coach Michael Milette
Take what makes sense to you in life and leave the rest. --- Michael Milette