The First ever SKST Mastery program was just one of the best experiences for me in the recent times as we launched the program for the first time ever in UAE. It was with a deliberation of over a year that we launched the program. Lots of research and work has gone into the creation of this wonderful program. I am just penning my entire experience of the 2 days in here.
As we started the program with the Coaches, we were all excited but little did we know that we are waiting for something amazing to happen. At 8 as the kids walked in we saw that they were all super enthusiastic. Very unlike of the Superbkids and Superbteens program the simple reason being that these kids are all graduates of SK/ST program. So it made it easier for them. It was a mix group of children starting from age 10 and all the way upto 17. Great mix of all ages with both boys and girls in the various groups.
As always I prefer, I started the program. For those who don’t know, me and Vidya (Vidyashankar) are sharing the stage for training children after nearly 5 years. Right from the word go, the kids and the Coaches (the pre-requisite for being a coach is to have completed the Influence and Mastery program of OnlySuccess), were on their toes. It was just a mind blowing energy that we saw in the kids. As everyone got to know each other with various activities, we went on to a very important concept that is usually taught for adults, called ‘Reframing’. This is where I realised that kids are far more capable, mature and brilliant than what we think they are. They were responding with so much confidence really stunned me.
And then comes the real highlight of the program. Values or as we described to children as Priorities in Life. When a choice to choose from what is important was given amongst many, it was stunning to see that kids actually chose Family as the most important with achievement, success etc following. Not even one choose Friends, Freedom, Money, Fun etc. Was just blown away and this just proved how little do Parents know about children. While I meet many parents the most common thing I hear is that kids always want to have fun, are not serious about what we say etc. etc. This just proved that it was wrong and kids actually are more responsible.
Day 1 was extended with a strategy game for children when they learnt about SWOT, thats Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats. Great job again by the kids.
In spite of finishing up late the children were all ready for the next day as early as 8 am. Mindblowing to see them raring to go with so much of intensity and passion for learning. Kids again started with a simple activity of untangling themselves and they were so easily doing it. Sometimes I just feel that as adults we tend to complicate life when it is actually simple and easy. isn’t it so?
The Eye of the Tiger Experience an intense outdoor exercise for children made them come up with great breakthroughs in life. The kind of Focus that they had when they were doing the exercise was so immense I really wonder why do parents say that they lack the Focus. haha.. Sorry Parents Great experience..
Can children even understand what Limiting Beliefs are? Not just understand but explain how it happens. How quickly they understood and also how over a period of time, the beliefs become strong that a boy said ‘the Neuro Connections become stronger’. Vidya on stage was taken aback when the kid said that.
And as we approached the closing the letter from the children to the parents of how things will be 20 years later was touching. Crystal clear in their thoughts and their writing. Great understanding on various achievement they want in the areas of Relationship with Parents, Study, Career, Life Style, Extra Curricular etc.
The Mastery Graduation
We had put in so much efforts to make the Graduation one of the most memorable ones for the everyone. Parents and the Children especially. The children welcomed their parents for a change with cheers and laughter and as they were sitting together and catching a glimpse of the pictures of the 2 days. I was personally waiting for the few moments of the Blue Ribbon ceremony as we called it.
With excitement children were tutors for their parents teaching them 3 important success principles of Relationship and Communication. The impact for the parents was amazing and the parents really felt that they need to follow the same.
And then the most exciting moment. The Leadership Red Scarf. This ceremony made all that Coaches very proud of their team mates as they truly deserved to be crowned the Leaders of Tomorrow. The Red Scarf signified that moment. The most beautiful moment when in front of the parents the children were given the scarf.
All the children were so excited about sharing their experiences of the SK Mastery program and when it was time for certification, the entire event was complete. Camera’s flashing, children smiling, parents beaming in job the Blue Ribbon Ceremony was the best. Thanks to the team OnlySuccess they made it so amazing.
Who I am Makes a Difference – The blue ribbon ceremony as we call it was the most touching one when the parents and children said to each other why they make a difference in their life. The tears of joy, the feelings of closeness were so intense that I am sure that parents and children will not forget that moment for a long long time to come.
As the children left the hall, we felt a vacuum inside each of us that they were leaving and why can’t this day continue. And at the same time we were very happy, satisfied and glad that they will lead a great life ahead of them with excitement, joy and achievements.