Friday, February 25, 2011

Home Schooling - Reverse Planning - Paths To A Clear Future


You Are More - Paul Collier



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The choosing of paths to take in life
is one of the most important decisions a person can make.

It is often based on the child's passions and dreams...
which, initially, is good.

The clear mapping of the necessary steps to take to reach
that goal... is what makes it a viable option.


Lets take the goal of Airline Pilot as an example.

Have a brief descriptor of the profession...
the basic duties...pay...hours...work conditions...
job requirements...etc.

Work your way backwards...
research the path that most successful pilots took to achieve their goals.

Note the time it takes for each step.

A frequently used...and one of the most economically sound ways...
is becoming a pilot in the military.

Research the requirements for Aviation entrance in the military...
the number of years required to commit to the service...
the academic requirements and GPA necessary for entrance.

Research the best Majors in University for Aviation...
know which subjects and courses are necessary.

This will tell you the requirements and prerequisites...
which will tell you which courses must be mastered
before University is attempted....which courses to
master in High School...and which ones for Junior High...etc.

This will tell you where the child must be in order for him
to have a good chance at becoming that which he wishes to be.

This will also tell you which areas he should have extra focus on...
such as math.

With the whole path to pilot laid out in front of the child...
broken down into reachable objectives...
the child will be able to see his goal in life in perspective.

He will place great importance on his studies as he will see this
as his way to achieve his dreams.

Don't forget the great power of attitude on his future.

Should he wish to become a pilot...
take him to air shows...take him on a flight...
show movies depicting those whom he wishes to emulate.

With motivation...his drive is developed.

With Reverse Planning...
his path is laid out before him...
from the result to him directly.

It gives a time line...
the sacrifices necessary...
the objectives to achieve...
the necessary path to walk...
all which make it real.

It also lets the parents plan financially...
as knowing the expenses before hand
allows for money to be allotted...
or for alternate means of training to be sought...
as in this case...the military.


It is simply not enough to have a dream...
you must know what to do with your passions...
which path you must walk...
the direction...
the rate of travel necessary...
which provisions you must stock up on...
what to expect...
 so you may plan.

It is the most efficient in life
that are, so frequently...
the most successful.

Reverse Planning
 allows your child to achieve his dreams
in that manner...
efficiently...and so...effectively. 










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