As adults, we generally leave our childlike qualities behind us and focus on being mature adults so we can work and succeed in life. However, there are many important aspects of our inner child that we should continue to cultivate and feed during our adult life if we want to become even more successful. There are many benefits toward living a life that is young at heart, and this article will address how to cultivate your inner child to become more successful.
1. Remember How to Play
As a child, I remember playing capture the flag and manhunt with my brothers and our friends in the woods behind our house. When we were children, playing was what we lived for. It was fun, creative and opened our minds to a whole new world of possibilities. Playing with others taught us how to get along with other people, deal more effectively with competition and how not to be a sore loser.
As an adult, we can be more successful if we learn how to cultivate this aspect of playing with our inner child. Go out and have fun with your friends. Don’t forget what it felt like to experience new things and learn how to create. Carry this desire to have fun into your workday and you will find that the daily grind becomes more fun and not something you dread.
2. Don't Be Afraid of Mistakes
Most children make mistakes and do things that they’re not supposed to do. They get reprimanded or hurt in the process by touching a hot stove or not listening when their parents tell them not to jump off the sofa. Of course, making mistakes was part of the learning process.
As we grew up, we began to see that making mistakes was something that we did not want to do. We started to develop a complex that made us feel we needed to be perfect at everything we did. Then if we did make a mistake, we were extremely hard on ourselves. As an adult, we need to cultivate our inner child and stop being so afraid of making mistakes. Messing up is still a part of adult life. However, when we realize that it’s still okay to make mistakes (as long as we learn from them); we will develop as an individual and become more successful.
3. Do What You Love to Do
Children like to do what they want and enjoy playing with toys and friends and not having a care in the world. They are excited to discover new things and spend time doing what they love. As an adult, we grow into the mentality that we need to be responsible, work for a living and provide for ourselves and our families. However, somewhere along the way, we’ve lost sight of the importance of following our passions and doing what we love to do.
If we want to be more successful in our lives and our work, we need to dig deep, cultivate our inner child and discover our passions. That may mean finding a new career path or starting to pursue a new hobby. Whatever it means for your life, it should involve bringing some passion back to your dreams.
4. Have a Strong-willed Courage
Children are known to be strong-willed, especially when they really want to do something. They’re famous for saying no and crossing their arms in stubborn defiance. Of course, this is a behavior that should be outgrown. However, as an adult, if you want to succeed in your work, sometimes you need to channel that inner child so that you will be able to find that defiance to face all odds against you. There will be many struggles that you’ll face on a daily basis and those who succeed have channeled that inner ability to stay persistent no matter what comes their way.
5. Keep the Questions Coming
One final way to channel your inner child is to remember what it was like to ask a million questions. Your parents and older brothers or sisters probably got tired of your barrage or questions. However, it showed your curiosity and desire to know more and learn about your world.
As an adult, if you want to succeed, you need to be open to asking questions. Successful people have learned how to do their research and ask the right questions in order to make informed decisions. You need to keep the creativity of your inner child cultivated and fed so that you will never stop asking questions and searching for answers in this life.
During this process of personal development, remember that it is important to find a good balance between managing your inner child and behaving like an adult. What have you done in your adult life to cultivate your inner child?