Updated February 11, 2019
I have 3 children and I envy their innocence. They naturally look at the world in a positive fashion. They have not yet learned that life has many pitfalls and challenges. They look forward to new things. They are willing to do what it takes to learn something new. They take time to stop and smell the roses–to just be instead of always doing something they are supposed to be doing.
You can learn a lot about being more positive from a child. Here are some of the ways you can get in touch with your inner child.
Explore the world around you.
“Children are curious and are risk takers.
They have lots of courage.
They venture out into a world
that is immense and dangerous.
A child initially trusts life
and the processes of life.”
– John Bradshaw
Do not let fear keep you from exploring new things. Instead of walking away from the unknown, walk towards it. Children do not tell themselves all those things that adults tell themselves about why exploring new things is not a good thing to do, instead they boldly go where adults will not.
Do not be afraid of, or avoid a challenge.
“Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don’t even think about the opinions of others.”
– don Miguel Ruiz
Children love to be challenged with new things. They tend to look at it like a game and think it is fun. This is why kids love riddles and puzzles. They want to be challenged and learn new things.
Allow yourself to make messes in life.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~Colin Powell
Sometimes in order to learn something new, you will end up making a mess. You will make mistakes, and you will fail. Children love to make messes, but most of the time it is not just to make you mad. Children intuitively understand in order to learn new things, you have to sometimes make messes.
Sometimes you need to ignore or change the rules of the game.
“A key ingredient in innovation is the ability to challenge authority and break rules.” ~Vivek Wadhwa
Adults are very rule oriented and a lot of times, you need to follow the rules. Children often break rules. Defying authority can be an adrenaline rush. Break a few rules now and then and let yourself feel like a kid again.
These are just a few ways to get in touch with your inner child and eliminate the negativity in your life. There are many other ways you can learn from children to be more positive.
Call to Action: Take some time to observe children as they play. Learn how they deal with challenges and mishaps in their daily activities. How can they inspire you?