Achieve, we help our students discover and understand
a range of habits and Lifeskills, and then to benefit from
learning to apply them in their lives. These skills
can be categorized into two main types, Fundamental and Supplemental.
Fundamental Lifeskills are the core values
in life which shape our character, and upon which all else
is built. These
include respect, ethics, morals, attitude, self-confidence.
Supplemental Lifeskills are those that
we use in our every day lives, which in essence can be
from having an understanding
of the fundamental skills. For example, one can learn
what negotiation is, however one can never hope to achieve
successful negotiation until they can be confident to make
decisions, use ethical judgment and respect the other person
(so they don’t lose in the negotiation). Other
examples of Supplemental Lifeskills include effective communication,
goal setting, dealing with people, planning and prioritizing,
overcoming procrastination, coping with stress, overcoming
setbacks, coping with peer group pressure, choosing to say
no to drugs, alcohol and other substance abuse …and
most people don’t start to formally learn
Lifeskills until they have left school and are well into their
work years. The current increasing popularity of “life-coaching”,
the plethora of exponents, seminars and books on “how
to become successful” or “how to improve your life”,
bears testimony to the number of people who are in their mature
years and need to attain skills to cope with life. In
traveling through life, a number of them unsuccessfully,
they find they lack crucial Lifeskills such as negotiation,
setting, overcoming procrastination, overcoming setbacks,
communication skills, matters relating to self confidence,
and so on.
dynamic and demanding world, those who are taught Lifeskills
from an early age will be far better
to cope with the challenges and stresses of life. It
may well make the difference between a successful and happy
life, or one that is less than what we really want it to be.
TALE OF THE TWO APPLE SEEDS
that Achieve Lifeskills is and stands for can be reflected
in the philosophy of the following paradigm:
The tale of the two seeds:
Two identical seeds are taken from
the same apple. One seed is planted in soil that is
well nourished and receives plenty of water and sun.
The other seed is planted in soil that is deplete of
most nutrients and receives little rain or sun.
years later we will probably find that the seed in
the good environment has grown into a large strong
apple tree, bearing lots of fruit. The other seed
in the poor environment has probably failed to reach
potential and is a very small thin tree that is lucky
to bear any fruit at all.
both seeds came from the same apple you might say. Yes,
but the difference is in the environment and upbringing.
like the seeds, children who are brought up in a loving and
caring environment that fosters learning and
will grow into a rewarding and fulfilling life … one
in which they bear the fruit of their uniqueness and make
a contribution to their community and to society at large. Children
who are deprived of a loving and caring environment and
who lack self-respect and are not exposed to the importance
of learning may end up in a less than fruitful situation
in their lives.
Achievement, without contribution, is insignificant.
at Achieve Lifeskills believe in giving a child important
Lifeskills that they can use and hone as they grow
become worthy and respected individuals, achieving their
potential in anything they choose to do. We want
them to prepare themselves for life whilst they are in
the preparatory years … we don’t want them
preparing themselves for life when they are middle aged.
want children to learn from the mistakes of this generation,
in the hope that this learning will provide perpetual
for future generations. Mankind must be able to do
better than where we find ourselves today.
another issue in the story of the two seeds. After
ten years of growth in the poor environment, it would take
a lot of effort to try and transplant
the weak tree to a more favourable situation, but even
then it will never grow to be as strong and fruitful as
the tree brought up in the good environment. And
so it is with people, if a person has had many years of
bad habits as a result of a poor environment, it takes
a lot of effort to make things better, and even then we
cannot expect a full recovery. It is far better to
have young people in an environment so that things are
right from the beginning, so that it doesn’t need
to be “fixed” later, if it can be fixed at
“ The end, depends
upon the beginning.”
If you want
the best for yourself, or for your children, make the positive
decision to invest in a successful future. Enrollment
with Achieve Lifeskills & Character Education will
empower young people to be more resilient and better equipped
to cope with life’s challenges, and to develop into
worthwhile adult people, making a contribution to their
community and living their lives on purpose.