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  • Writer's pictureJody B. Miller

Teaching Our Children the Power of Perseverance: Why the Hardest Task Should Come First


"Don’t stop when you want to quit, stop when you’re done. Make that your identity and there’s nothing you can’t do." - Tom Bilyeu

In the journey of raising resilient and successful children, we often come across all kinds of strategies and advice.


However, one of the most profound and impactful habits we can teach our kids is the art of doing the most challenging tasks first.


Why is this habit transformative?


When we encourage our children to tackle the hardest tasks at the outset, we are not just teaching them about time management; we are instilling in them a mindset of resilience.


By confronting the most daunting task early on, they learn to overcome procrastination, anxiety, and the fear of failure.


Studies have shown that individuals who practice this approach can alleviate the stress associated with pending tasks, which in turn boosts their confidence and productivity.


The psychological relief of completing the most dreaded task provides a sense of accomplishment that carries through the rest of the day.


Teaching children to "never quit" and to "follow through" with their commitments, no matter how challenging, lays the groundwork for a steadfast character.


It's about building an identity rooted in persistence and capability.


#Angela Duckworth's research on grit reveals that perseverance is a more substantial indicator of long-term success than intelligence or talent.


By adopting this 'do it first' habit, children can rise above the common pitfalls of distraction and disinterest.


This early foundation in discipline and focus can set them apart academically, socially, and professionally.


It is not merely about getting ahead; it's about developing a sustainable pattern of growth, achievement, and well-being.


As parents and mentors, let's guide our children to embrace challenges head-on. Let’s encourage them to define their identity through their actions and persistence.


When they learn to conquer their least favorite tasks first, they won’t just get things done—they’ll learn that truly, there is nothing they can't do.


Let us teach our children that success, in any realm of life, comes from the strength to persist, the courage to begin with the difficult, and the heart to see it through to the end.


These lessons will prepare them not just to pass by others in the race of life, but to forge their unique path of excellence.


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