What do toilet, teeth, and tuck-ins have to do with focus, resilience, and reward?
TODAY I wanted to share something a little different with you. Last week, as I was gathering my thoughts for what I would share today, a friend shared with me something she had learned in regards to content development. Yes, we have loads to share based on what we’re learning from books, videos, webinars, podcasts, etc… but we also have loads to share based on our own daily experiences and that at the end of each day, if we’re paying close enough attention, we should have at least a handful of new ideas.
Living in a house full of young children who I homeschool and juggle my other commitments around, lends to no shortage of daily experiences to share covering every experience and emotion on the spectrum of life. It’s just how it goes, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world… although sometimes a teensy break to refresh our heads and hearts would be nice… and makes us all the better for it in the end.
Every night in our house at the very end of the day we follow the same routine… toilets, teeth, and tuck-ins. It's the same process every night. We finish whatever it is that we're doing… returning from a walk around the neighborhood, playing out back, watching a family movie, taking a bath, reading together... and once the clock reaches a certain time, we shout out "Toilets, teeth, and tuck-ins!"
The kids scramble. They make a mad dash for the bathroom and bedrooms and do their thing. They know the drill. It's the same thing every night.
For my kiddos, it’s knowing after toilets and teeth, they get stories, devotional, family rules and prayer, then their little heads hit the pillow, blankets are pulled up to their chins, they get hugs and kisses, and the lights go out. Unless you are the littlest one who we still sing to sleep every night.
However, even though the same thing happens every night, inevitably there is one tiny human who gets bumped around in the hustle and bustle and watches the others whiz past her and starts whimpering... "They're too fast! They bumped me off the stepstool! They grabbed my toothpaste! They knocked my toothpaste on the ground!" And on, and on, and on...
On this particular day, in addition to trying to just simply stop the complaining because my head was about to explode (let's be real)... I decided to use this as a teaching opportunity for the tiny humans, so I yelled FREEZE and got everyone to slow down long enough to get some eye contact and bury some words in their hearts.
Often times when you are learning something new...whether it is launching a new business, mastering a new topic in school, or just trying to navigate the ins-and-outs of the evening bed/bath hustle in a large family... there are going to be many people trying to do the same thing at the same time, and they're all going to be running at different speeds.
Your end goal is the same. Some will go faster. Some will go slower. But again, at the end, you all have the same goal.
“I am not a product of my circumstances, I am a product of my decisions.” ~ Stephen Covey
We have choices throughout this process. Every day. Every hour. Every minute. Every second. The speedier participants could very well complain that their speed is being hindered by those who are operating at a slower pace. Those who are slower could very well complain that their efforts are futile because they can't keep up the pace.
There will always be an excuse, but it's up to you to make the choice as to whether or not you choose to believe it. You have a choice whether or not you keep doing the activities that you know you need to do in order to reach the end goal... regardless of your speed, regardless of your distractions, regardless of what everyone else is doing.
You are responsible for you. You are in control of you and your choices. You may not be able to control everything around you, but you can certainly choose how you respond to everything around you, and you can continue to move forward in spite of your circumstances.
“The three C's of Life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance to make a change.” ~ Zig Ziglar
"They beat me to the bathroom. Not a big deal. I will still make it work...
They knocked me off the stepstool. Not a big deal. I will still make it work...
They knocked my toothpaste off the counter. Not a big deal. I will still make it work."
Insert any circumstance into these excuses.
"I have two hours to get my work done today and the kids keep interrupting me, the dog got sick on the carpet, I have a migraine, and my great aunt sally called me for the first time in I don't know how long. Not a big deal. I will make it work...
I have a new product launching today but my Internet keeps going out, I keep getting error messages on my computer, my battery died on my phone right in the middle of processing everything. Not a big deal. I will make it work…
I'm supposed to help a new partner launch their business today but I can't get in touch with her, I even scheduled a babysitter to help with the kids so I could focus solely on her but she didn't pick up, I even called her just to make sure that she was OK but her voicemail was full and I couldn't even leave a message. Not a big deal. I will make it work."
Get the gist? I could go on and on and on, but I think you get the idea.
There WILL be challenges. No doubt about it. You WILL learn to overcome them, IF you quit making excuses and make it work. You simply have to stay focused on your end goal and why you are doing what you are doing, so you have the resilience to keep going until you’ve reached your goal.
Make the choice to make it work.
For my kiddos, and the one tiny human who get the most upset when things don’t go as she thought they should… she squared her shoulders, squinted her eyes, grabbed her toothbrush again, stood her ground on that stepstool even when being bumped from every side, and did what she needed to do so she could get to what she really wanted... the tuck-ins with plenty of sweet hugs and kisses.
So… what about you? How do you stay focused and resilient through what you have to do to make it to the sweet reward of what you really want?
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