Episode 16 – Flexible Goals – 6th Essential for Positive Brain Change
“Keeping your eyes on the prize” is a great way for most people to fail. Freeing yourself from the compulsion to achieve a goal in a certain way and at a certain time keeps you open-minded. You are available to recognize opportunities you may have never noticed had you been fixed on a too rigidly set course. There is no way to know in advance the path that will lead you to achieving your goal. In this episode, we explore how to use Flexible Goals in your and your child’s life.
In this podcast, Anat Baniel and Neil Sharp discuss:
- the purpose of the 9 Essentials is to create conditions where the brain can do its job better, and how you carry out your goals will affect your and your child’s learning
- “If he could, he would; if she could, she would.” Asking a child or an adult to do something that she or he cannot do grooves in experiences (and patterns) of failure in the brain
- the Flexible Goals Essential offers opportunities for you to find creative ways to begin where your child is at and with what your child can already do
- instead of focusing on the performance of a specific skill, focus on the brain and ask yourself: What can I do now to get my child’s brain to do its job even better?
- practical tips and examples of how to use Flexible Goals with children with special needs
- related questions from the audience