Life Coaching For Young People, Can It Make A Difference?
By Donovan Grant
To be part of a thriving community is something that we all want to have. It gives us the opportunity to connect with like-minded people and it provides the chance to celebrate each other’s achievements. The Youth Coaching Academy (YCA) is one of these communities.
On Saturday, the YCA had a one day seminar for coaches, parents and young people. It was a chance for us to have a refresher, to learn new skills and it gave everyone a reminder to keep the development of the child at the top of our agenda.
Did you know that a young person can be a coach for an adult too?
Yes they can; especially when they’ve trained with the YCA. When you see the vision that the YCA has, you’ll get a feel for the future that they are creating around the world:
“Our vision is a world where every young person has access to the most effective life coaching and personal development programs.”
The fact that both the chairman, Harry Singha and the CEO, Rachel Leigh were present to lead the day was a clue to how serious they are about making a difference. How did they get 80 people to agree and sign a ‘pledge’ before things really got going? It was a little tongue in cheek; but we challenged to remember the personal reason why we turned up at all.
Was he really serious when he said “if you don’t agree to do the pledge, then you may as well leave now?” We don’t know for sure, but there was definitely 100% commitment from that moment onwards.
What did we agree to?
The Youth Coaching Academy Pledge
I promise to get the most out of this training by committing to:
1. Participate fully
2. Capturing the information
3. Being open to new possibilities
4. Asking questions
5. Having fun
6. Using what I have learnt
So how do you keep a room full of about 80 people aged between 9 and late 50’s engaged for 7 hours? You bring in Harry and he takes care of the rest. If you’ve never been to one of these events before, let’s just say it is an amazing experience. This was not your typical sit in the audience and be talked at all day. It was about energy, inspiration and lots of fun all day long!
What do you do when you participate fully?
For us on Saturday it just meant that we played full out; joined in the exercises, connected with new people throughout the day and used what we learned. When you get the opportunity to learn life skills and coaching techniques from an internationally renowned youth coaching expert you just jump right in!
Imagine for a moment, that a group 80 people in rows and performing an exercise routine all in harmony. Smiles all round, plenty of energy and that unstated belief that something special was happening.
We were doing a REPOH!
You’re probably thinking, what the heck is a REPOH? Ok, let me explain.
REPOH is now the traditional way of how many people connected with the YCA are developing new habits. It is an acronym for REPETITION, EASIER, PLEASURE, OFTEN & HABIT! These are literally the stages that we can go through step-by-step to develop a new habit.
By saying the words out loud and doing some basic exercise (or dance moves for some) you’re able to put the mind and body to work together to remind you to keep the new habit up.
A sneak preview
Repetition is what you need to do to form the new habit. Everyone knows that doing something once or twice will not create a new habit.
How will the new habit change, if you keep at it? It will get easier. All new habits are hard when you first start!
Pleasure is the feeling that you’ll get when you are enjoying your newly developed habit and becoming a master at it.
When you want any habit to stick – you have to do it often! Well tat’s obvious.
The result of putting the four steps together on a regular basis is that you create yourself a new habit!!
All 80 of us signed up for being open to new possibilities and from what I experienced we all took away something new from the Youth Skills Day.
Maybe you could do with a little hand to develop a new habit
Are you willing to give REPOH a try?
Hey, let’s face it, new habits take a lot of hard work. You may have read a lot of self-help books and found hidden gems here and there about habits. I only wish I had found REPOH years earlier. Everything I've learned. Everything I've known. It helps me put all of that into action.
REPOH will help you to make the task of forming a new habit as easy as possible. And the easier you make it for yourself to be successful, the more likely it will happen.
Teach them about life, Mum and Dad.
Have you been focused on your child being an expert at passing exams in school and college? This is a great idea. But please remember this- good exam results alone do not guarantee future success. We have found that when a child develops great people skills and a well-rounded and confident personality from a young age, they become real winners in life!
If you’d like to find out more about the wonderful work that the YCA are doing in your community just click here now. You’ll find details parents and young people who are learning how to inspire, motivate uplift others every day!
Let’s raise the next generation for success!
We believe in you and your family.
Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations. He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com