Katie Small set up Small Steps to Success after finally deciding to do something about an idea she had years ago.
Children, like adults, need inspiration, motivation and encouragement to achieve success in their lives and research has shown that teaching children at an early age is the best way of having a long lasting effect on the rest of their lives.
Motivating children throughout the UK to aim higher than they ever thought possible could only have a positive effect on the country as a whole.
The breakdown of the extended family and communities, and the higher rates
of divorce and one parent families have led to a shake up on the belief
that we can no longer leave children's emotional and social development to parents.
I was lucky as a child I had parents who always told me I could achieve anything with hard work, determination, self belief and confidence but not all children have this. Schools are the only place we can reach all children and aim to make their lives better and help them take responsibility for their future.
I began my teaching career in a socially deprived area of Liverpool in 2002 where I have been given the opportunity to see the true talent and potential many children have no matter what their background. My passion for positive thinking and teaching has been life long and I have studied the topic for many years. I use the techniques I teach in my workshops in my everyday life and believe in it so much I have a desire to teach it to others.
I have always been interested in motivational speaking and I realised that motivational speakers only seemed to exist in the adult world. Why is that? I believe children from all ages would benefit from motivational speaking and in turn schools, teachers, parents and even society will benefit from having more positive young people in the world. Children learn what they live and as we know many children live in a very negative environment. Living with negativity is detrimental to a child's personal development. Negativity breeds negativity however the same works in reverse positivity breeds positivity so why not try to make children more positive, to help them believe in a bright, happy, successful future for themselves.