Change can be scary. Oftentimes teens may be stubborn and resistant to try something new because it feels uncomfortable. Fear of uncertainty fills them with self-doubt. They think, “What if I try this new thing and it doesn’t work?”
It is true that trying new things can be uncomfortable, but learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable is a crucial skill that everybody needs to learn in order to be successful.
Success comes from learning and growing. When one does not stretch himself out of his comfort zone, then neither is possible.
Here are three tips that will help teens move from stubborn and resistant to more open to trying new things.
I am thrilled this week to have a guest blogger. Please meet my awesome friend Gretchen Wegner, creator of the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying. In her quick video below, she explains the ONE thing that students need to understand in order to rock at studying. Check it out!
Whether you’re a teen who wants more success in school or an entrepreneur struggling through her first year of business, we all get knocked off track sometimes. The truth is that anything worth pursuing is going to be hard. There will be challenges. There will be upsets.
You may have a great plan in place, but then inevitably, you get thrown a curveball that may derail you. The secret to success is not learning how to avoid set backs, it’s having the tools to recover from them. Success is not about perfection; it’s about knowing what you want and getting back on the horse even when you are knocked down.
An “anchor” is a great tool to get you back on track.
New Year’s Resolutions are just are a fancy way to say goals. Goals themselves do not work because they are usually too big or too vague, there’s usually too many elements out of your control, and they don’t help you create a plan on how you’re going to achieve what you want.
Let’s make Well-Designed Actions (WDA’s) and MIT’s (Most Important Task of the Day) instead!
We all know that communication is key. Whether the relationship is professional, familial, romantic, platonic, or with a teacher, you must talk to the other person in the relationship in order to improve communication and make the relationship stronger. Having coached over 100 teens one-on-one, a common thread with all the students who I’ve worked with is that they want to improve or maintain their grades.
In order to accomplish this, the most important person that you should be building a rapport with is the teacher. But oftentimes, that is the one person that you are avoiding.
Here are the top 4 reasons why teens don’t talk to their teachers…and what you can do about it! It boils down to the fact that you need to have more empathy (being able to understand the thoughts and feelings from the other person’s point-of-view) and to not make assumptions. Continue reading →
Oftentimes navigating the challenges of school can feel like a tug-o-war. There are times when it’s easy to pull the rope, and other times when it seems impossibly hard to make any progress toward your goals.
It’s easy to stay motivated when you’re engaged, excited and learning a topic that you find interesting. However, what do you do when you encounter something that you don’t like? What is your default perspective when you’re asked to step outside of your comfort zone or when you experience something that you find extremely difficult? Do you shut down and lose interest? Do you get defensive? Or do you acknowledge the challenge and strive to learn, grow, and improve? Continue reading →