There are a number of elements necessary for teens (and adults) to succeed in life. To help your teen write his/her own success story, work with your child on the following:

1. Attitude: How would you rate your teen’s attitude? A positive attitude is both healthy and productive. With a positive attitude, your teen will take even the negative circumstances and turn them into positive ones. A healthy attitude can be gained by teaching your teen that not all setbacks are a nuisance. Teach your teen see the bright side of life.

2. Responsibility: Is your teen taking responsibility for his/her actions? Once s/he takes responsibility for his/her actions (the good and the bad) he/she can start connecting the dots of how certain behaviours produce certain results. Responsibility will teach your teen that s/he has complete control over his/her life. What are your teen’s responsibilities at home?

3. Inspiration: Is you teen inspired? Does your teen have enough inspiration around him/her? Inspiration comes from the situations we experience, the people we meet, the mistakes we make, etc. [Note, that TV is not a good source of inspiration]. Without inspiration your teen will feel bored and unproductive, and will experience lowered self-esteem level. Keep your teen active and involved in community events. Remember, everyone needs inspiration.

4. Goals: Can you list three of your teen’s goals? [Be sure these are your teen’s goals and not your goals for your teen]. If not, your teen probably can’t list them either. Goals give your teen something to look forward to and work towards. They motivate your teen to stay on the right track and they will improve your teen’s self-worth. Start talking to your teen about what s/he would like to achieve short-term (from now to 1 year from now) and long-term (1 to 5 years from now). Help him/her to plan how to achieve them.

5. Commitment: What is your teen’s level of commitment? Commitment is the only way to success. Once your teen decides to do something s/he has to stick to it. Commitment is best taught in the family. How are you demonstrating commitment to your teen with your own goals and personal relationships?

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Author's Bio: 

Ivana Pejakovic is a Life Coach working with teenagers as they each make their own journey in life. Sometimes, with distractions all around us, we accidently or intentionally step off the road to self-discovery only to end up disoriented, confused and unhappy. Teens are particularly likely to step off the right path as they search for their true self and a place to fit.

Ivana works with two basic principles: self-love and self-awareness. Through these two principles, Ivana helps her clients experience fulfillment and balance, and she guides them to develop a healthy attitude and a healthy level of self-confidence and self-esteem. She aims for her clients to understand their true worth and potential, to focus on what matters, and to help them develop goals and a vision to guide them in a direction that is right for them. For more information visit