Since Christmas, I have been going to the gym a bit more often……
…but I am a really impatient personality! If I decide I want to do something then I usually do it straight away and hit it with everything I’ve got. So last week when I was at the gym for the third time, I was looking down at my belly and feeling really cross that it had not shrunk at all! I had been throwing everything I’ve got into working hard and long at the gym and eating healthily (for at least a week!) but I was not yet seeing the results.
Luckily, I had been reading a book called ‘The Compound Effect’ by Darren Hardy. I read it to help grow my business, but the best lessons I’ve learnt from it are for my lifestyle in general.
Darren talks about what he has learned from many of the most successful people in the world. And that is – it’s very rare that one massive, full-on, one-off action can give you lasting success. He argues that it is the little, everyday routines that shape your destiny for better or worse as the effect is compounded over time. Small actions and habits build up over time to give massive results.
So now when I am at the gym, I have to keep reminding myself (constantly!) that it doesn’t matter so much whether I do 2 hours of really hard work at the gym today, what matters is the constant drip, drip, drip of exercise into my lifestyle – that is what will get me slim and fit in the long term. It’s the small decisions and habits, practised repeatedly that create massive success and change.
It is much the same for your child’s education. In our enthusiasm to be good parents, it’s all too easy to get carried away and occasionally ask our children to sit down for an hour or more to ‘cram’ in the hopes that it will make a sudden and massive difference to their understanding. But the human brain, and the process of learning doesn’t work like that! And I think we all know, that putting pressure on our children to spend one large chunk of time doing work is guaranteed to switch them off completely!
Our aim should be to drip, drip, drip Maths and other subjects into their lives. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do it every day, or even every week, but the regular, small actions are the things that will help them grow and feel confident in school as the result is compounded over many weeks, months and years. Sometimes it will mean sneaking a bit of Maths in without them noticing and sometimes it will be a little extra worksheet or a puzzle that supports their learning. But don’t give up, and don’t be disheartened if you have a week or two off. Start this year with a little bit of Maths here and a little bit there to give them the confidence and skills they need at school.
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