Sometimes, things just need to be repeated until they are heard and received. We are perfectly clear with delivering our message, but for some reason, the message doesn't get through.
As parents, don’t we tell our kids they can dream big and do anything they want? We highlight their talents, comfort them when they’ve been shot down, and help them see how their gifts fit into the world. But for whatever reason, what we say just doesn’t sink in.
I often tell my kids our family is a team. We support one another and face the world together, celebrating our wins, and help each other when we feel a loss in some way. I believe they all understand the analogy, because they all play sports and love the camaraderie that comes with playing on a team.
Fast forward to a typical sibling fight over the last cookie, time on the computer or shotgun in the car. “Hey! Let’s figure this out together!” I scream. “We’re all on the same team!!” The bickering stops long enough for eyes to roll, and for them to think, “Mom’s a dork,” and then they go right back at it.
This week, we had a little breakthrough thanks to a little 9 year-old named Robby Novak, also known as, “Kid President” http://kidpresident.com/. He has a whole series of videos, but it’s his one known as “Pep Talk” that has gone viral thanks to his ability to connect with young and old. He opens up with a message that says, “The world needs you to stop being boring…” My youngest reminds me that I’ve told him that before. Kid President talks about dreaming big, helping the world, taking the road less traveled and working as a team. “Hey mom, haven’t you said that before?”
And there they heard it. In that moment, the things I’ve been patiently repeating (okay, maybe impatiently), suddenly began to make sense because they were ready to receive these great big messages from another kid, who happened to make them laugh.
I’m reminded of the times people have tried to tell me things at work, but for whatever reason, I wasn’t ready, willing or able to hear their true intent. Is there someone in your life or work trying to communicate something you’re not able to receive? Are there emotional barriers that make you hear only what you want to hear? Would it help if someone else delivered the message? Check out Kid President and then consider what kind of pep talk you need.
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