My Actions Now Affect My Reality Later
One mentor came to me expressing his dismay at his mentee’s academic performance.
“He doesn’t realize that his nonchalance about his grades is going to cripple his chances of higher education and severely limit his future standard of living! I really want to help him see the connection between his actions now and his life later.”
I suggested that this mentor engineer his outings to incorporate the principle of cause and effect.
Later in the conversation, the mentor told me about his idea to collect empty soda cans and set up them up for his mentee to shoot with a nerf gun. He lamented the fact that, at the moment, he did not have the time to collect the cans. I recommended that he use this very idea to express the principle of cause and effect and delayed gratification. He could use this to demonstrate the fact that the effort/investment you put into something influences of what you get back.
“What if you ask your mentee to collect the cans during the week so you can play this game when you are together? Perhaps that would be one way to start demonstrating the relationship between his efforts now and the enjoyment of the results later.”
Article by: Ken Fleury