So why did they do it? Have you taken a minute to think about their “whys”? Although each “why” is unique, they are all somehow wrapped around a vision each athlete has. A vision of not only the accomplishment but also of how they will feel and life will change by doing so. That vision was the fuel that fired these athletes through countless hours of intense hard work and sacrifice. Every day, they were faced head-on with their own question --- Is it worth it? And far more days than not, their answer was “yes.”
Sacrifice and commitment are terms and ideas that seem to have been lost to many in our “give it to me now” culture. But it is from this culture that these examples have arisen. Their visions make them unique. These amazing athletes have risen to the top in their sports when so many of their peers seem open to just get by in life. If vision is such a powerful force, as I propose, how do we instill vision and hope in the lives of our youth? If we can answer this question, we have the opportunity as parents to change the course of our children’s lives. Wow, that sounds dramatic. But I think it’s true. So how do we do it?
Here are three quick catalysts for instilling vision in your child. One, remember it’s not your vision. The goal is to help our kids find the vision that they and God have for their lives, not the one we have chosen for them. Two, give your children opportunities to talk about their dreams. Be a sounding board for your child. Try not to judge their dreams too quickly. Remember that they are figuring things out, and visions tend to change. Then three, give them opportunities to explore their visions of the future. Whether it’s a sport, career, hobby etc. Give them a chance to experience these activities. Okay, these are all pretty simple. Concepts you probably already knew. But are you practicing them? As you support and believe in your kids, you have the incredible opportunity to influence who they are. And who they are is actually the more important issue. The dreams are simply a tool we have been given as parents to create the drive, motivation and passion for life that God wants for us all.
I hope you have the next Michael Phelps developing under your roof. But more importantly, I hope you are building a young man or young woman who will change our world for the good. We need them.