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10 Reasons You Should Go Traveling with Your Kids

10 Reasons You Should Go Traveling with Your Kids

Traveling is life-changing. Getting out of the daily grind and being adventurous makes us come alive. My travels have been the best times of my life, and as a mother to three very young children, I can hardly wait to start traveling with them. Here’s why you should go traveling with your kids.

1. To show them that the world is huge.

“It’s a small world,” people say. And yes, at times, it seems the world is small, when you discover you went to the same college as someone or you have the same distant relative. But truth is, the world is enormous. Spending time far from home, where nobody knows you, forces you to realize the world is much bigger than your hometown. Whether your child is the star of the football team, or struggling making friends in school, getting away from life as we know it helps you realize you’re a tiny fish in a very large sea. There’s a huge world out there and a group for everyone, and showing this vast Earth to your children can really help them find their place in the world.

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2. To unplug and truly connect.

Today’s youth and adults are spending increasingly more time sitting in front of electronics. Many families are more connected to technology than each other; it is easy to become engrossed in social media, texting, and watching TV, and not talk to each other. Unplugging as a family will allow you to spend quality time together.

3. To learn about yourselves.

It’s hard to reflect when we’re amidst the daily chaos of busy family lives. Getting away from your job and your kids’ packed schedule of activities can help you learn about each other. Is your child a thrill-seeker or scared to try new things? What about you? Does your family like to follow a schedule or prefer to be spontaneous? What is your favorite part about traveling together? Where would you like to go on your next family trip?

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4. To notice the details.

Kids are observant, and they take time to appreciate the beauty of nature. Traveling with kids will force you to move at their pace; your pace will be slower and your children will point out details you likely would have overlooked without them.

5. To expand their world.

Traveling exposes us to unfamiliar foods, music, styles, cultures, and languages. Your children may discover new things they love.

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6. To rekindle your sense of adventure.

Little kids naturally have a sense of adventure; they love to explore their world. They soak up new experiences, excitedly absorbing each new sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Exploring the world with your kids can renew your passion for adventure as you follow their lead and delight in your journeys.

7. To make memories.

Traveling together is a great way for families to build memories, and makes for awesome stories too.

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8. To show them the rewards of hard work.

Traveling can be expensive. Show your kids that working hard can result in amazing vacations. You can promote a strong work ethic and fiscal responsibility by educating them about saving and budgeting for traveling.

9. To teach them history.

The Egyptian Pyramids up close and personal? Yes, please. Seeing famous sights can make textbooks come to life. What better way to teach your child about history than to have them actually touch it?

10. To increase compassion.

Traveling will help your family be thankful for the blessings you have, and will make you realize the extent of what you take for granted—like shelter, safety, and food. Watching news stories isn’t the same as seeing firsthand the conditions many people live in. Developing a personal connection to people from other regions of the world will forever change your hearts.

Featured photo credit: Image from Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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