So many times in life, our children are reminded of all the things they cannot do. We certainly want to make sure they are safe and protected…we never would want them to do something that could bring them harm. But all too often, even as adults, we offer dream-shattering advice and direction…telling our children, directly and indirectly, that they are not capable to realize their greatest desires.
Children around the world are thrilled at the skills shown by many of the great soccer stars. Players like Messi, Cristiano, Neymar, Pirlo and James inspire us all. And so many young players dream about becoming just like them. The DreamTeam Football Club of the Americas ENCOURAGES our young players to have those dreams. And we build upon these dreams with our appropriate training programs and together, embark on a journey. And while this journey is one filled with challenges and obstacles, we teach out children how to embrace it all! We believe these challenges are only steppingstones to real growth and accomplishment. Our children are taught to embrace their failures as much as they embrace their successes. And they will never stop this learning process.
From the smallest personal beginnings to the largest human triumphs, why are we here if not to dream. Dreams and goals shape children’s lives and motivate them to learn. Teaches, parents and coaches play a critical role in helping young people discover who they are and encouraging their dreams and goals. At youngest ages, many researchers acknowledge that children’s career aspirations are largely dreams rather than realistic plans.
Dreams are important at all ages. Dreams encompass goals and more. They give our life purpose, direction, and meaning. They shape our life choices, help us build toward the future, and give us a sense of control and hope. They’re an expression of our potential and give voice to our talents. They’re a source of pleasure and help develop ones self. Dreamers are the ones who have the courage and creativity to see beyond “what is” to “what can be” to make a difference in their own life and the lives of others.
The DreamTeam Football Club enhances a child’s dream by the following ways….
1-WE NEVER DENY THEIR DREAM
Children dream big; that’s what’s great about them. When you were a child you dreamed big. Many of our children’s parents might not have realized their dreams and therefore feel their children won’t either.
Our player’s dreams are not about anyone other than themselves. As far as kids are concerned, anything is possible. And that’s how it should be. If you deny your children’s dreams, or their right to dream, you are undermining their chances of achievement. We lead by possibility and for the moment, throw probability out the window!
We have more control over whether our children achieve their dreams than we might think. For kids, parents and coaches are inspiration, motivation, and leadership.
You might think that your child’s dreams are unrealistic. That’s the negative adult inside you. You should believe in your child because they believe in themselves; and you’re probably the only other support they have
2- WE DON’T GET IN THE WAY
If your children are going to realize their dream of being the first Astronaut to land on Mars, the last thing they need is you screwing things up.
Parents get in the way when they:
• Deny their children’s dreams.
• Control their children.
• Don’t teach their children life skills.
• Don’t provide a quality education.
• Preach a negative view on life.
Our goal as coaches is to meet our coaching obligations and provide a path toward success for your children to follow. If we cut off your children before they even get started, it doesn’t just crush them right now but will negatively impact them in their adult life.
3. WE SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
There is a saying that children “learn what they live and live out what they learn.” As parents, our children are always looking up to us. They are proud of what we do and they use our accomplishments as a standard.
In many ways, you are the key to your child’s success. While many children do grow up to adopt values and processes opposite from that of their family, you shouldn’t count on it for your children. Instead, do everything within your power to make sure they are being set up to success
4- WE HELP THEM TAKE ACTION –
As children grow and develop they’ll begin to show interest in many different things. They’ll start to give more attention to certain things that really interest them, some of which will turn into dreams.
If your goal is to help your children achieve these dreams, you should show them how and help lead the way.
Focus, Intensity, and Perseverance. The first step is to get focused. We’re going to bring intensity into the equation, but wild intensity will only get us running in circles. Focused intensity is the fuel that drives people to achieve.
Perseverance is the extra push you need to be able to give yourself when things start to slow down (or seem like they’re slowing down). A dream without perseverance is simply a “once was.”
The importance of this process isn’t really about the initial dream. It’s about teaching children how to achieve anything. Achieving is a process of motivation, organization, intensity, and determination. We want them to learn the process so that even if their dreams change, their chances of success do not.
5- WE SHOW OUR SUPPORT –
Children have their own internal motivation just as we all do. But internal motivation alone shouldn’t be the only thing driving them.
Not only is your motivation important to their success, it’s important to them emotionally. They care what you think. You’re mom. You’re dad. You’re Superman and Superwoman.
If you’re on their side, anything is possible. If you give the green light, they’re stepping on the gas. And when times get tough they’re going to come to you for support.
Be a haven of positive thoughts and outlooks, provide support without offering unsolicited advice, and help them persevere when they’re looking down.
If you do these things, your children can do or be whatever they dream…