The longer I am involved in the development of young people, the more I am convinced that we must maintain a perspective of development and improvement. This view of development and improvement must be maintained by adults to support the youth in their progress.
It is perspective that allows us to maintain the goal of development and improvement. We must maintain perspective and remain focused on their growth over time. Today’s society demands immediate results, however many people think this means that a student or athlete will win the “lottery” of development.
Schools are measured by their test scores. When their scores are not on par with the desired outcome, the pressure gets placed on the school and in turn the students to make sure they improve their score. This pressure on the student is not really focused on development and improvement, but pushing them to achieve an arbitrary score to satisfy a political requirement.
In the athletic arena, athletes end up being measured by the wins and losses. This is counter to development; it is akin to the arbitrary scores that are set to satisfy a political requirement. Athletes must be measured on their progress, not on their wins and losses, a fact that is out of their control.
For this week, challenge yourself to maintain a perspective of development and improvement when working with our youth.