If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for your kids!
Updated: Mar 28, 2022
I am someone who has spent a good chunk of my adult life (and if in honest, my childhood too!) often putting other people first!
I am learning though that by putting myself first sometimes, it actually makes me a better person, which in turn means that I can serve others even more effectively!
As a parent, it is a natural response to put your children‘s needs first but I truly believe that we also have to consider the example we are setting our kids. Most children learn through observing others so as scary as it may seem, our kids are learning more not from what we tell them but from what they observe us doing!! So what is it that we want them to observe in us????
I was really struck by this powerful passage I read recently in Jack Canfield’s incredible book The Success Principles:
”I don‘t want to be one of those guys who gives their kids all this life advice but have nothing to back it up. What authority would I have to tell them anything? How can I tell then to go after their dreams if I don’t go after mine?”
WOW!!! I don’t know about you but that passage was like a slap in the face for me, like someone was throwing an ice cold glass of water at me!! When I lose sight of what I can achieve, I look back at this photo of when I walked across hot, burning coals!!! Then I’m reminded that anything is possible!
And what if I told you that the powerful passage above was the thoughts of Jeff Arch who then went on to write the screenplay for a little film you might have heard of called Sleepless in Seattle!! How about that for going after your dreams?!?
I’ll leave you with this question: What are you doing right now to go after your own dreams? And if you won‘t do it for yourself then will you do it to teach and inspire your children???
Until next time,