15 - For Now Decision

Posted August 28, 2020 by Mark Perna

Episode: 15-for-now-decision

Tease: How can parents help their children overcome decision paralysis when it comes to career direction? Coming up now on The Perna Syndicate, we’re going to cover a new strategy designed to do just that.

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For young people, it can be really overwhelming to think deeply about their future. And I get it—it’s a big decision. They don’t want to make the wrong choice, and this often can lead to decision paralysis, where they simply can’t make a choice at all. 

As a parent, this isn’t what you want for your middle or high school student. You want them to be excited to explore their options, not afraid. That’s why I’ve created a strategy called the “for-now” decision. 

This strategy simply means that your child picks a “for-now” career direction that they can start researching and planning for—something that sounds interesting to them right now. It’s all about conversation, not commitment.

What makes this strategy effective is that they can change their mind at any time—and it’s okay. In fact, it’s good because it shows that they’re learning more about themselves and what they want out of life. The for-now decision takes the pressure off, allowing career exploration to be fun instead of fearful. 

Whether college is in the picture or not, parents can play a vital role in helping their middle or high school student discover what they’re passionate about, and then make a plan to get there. I wish you all the best as you support their journey.

As always, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more ideas and insights to empower the younger generations. 

 


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