It takes three things to bring out my inner teenager:
- Seek to manage me from a chair
- Tell me to do something you don’t do yourself
- Don’t follow up
When I’m tired, the trifecta is guaranteed to generate an inner “whatever.”
So, if your family starts acting like they’re 15 then you might need to adjust your approach.
Worth repeating – if the world appears to be blowing you off then it is not you, it is your approach.
Thinking way back, my best coaches were effective with all kinds of kids.
Because they started small and inverted the three points from above.
- Lead from your feet
- Be the brand
- Follow up
On the far side of my athletic career, the habits of daily exercise and improved nutrition are what endure.
They are foundational => exercise and nutrition set a ceiling on the work we can perform.
How might one pass these along?
Let’s talk about leadership style, in action.
Our kids are programmed to follow what they see us do.
Not just kids => me too.
I am programmed to follow my prior choices.
Peers, media, advertising, books, students, teachers…
My environment is constantly nudging my habit energy.
My habit energy watches my choices.
I make it easy for my kids to make good decisions…
…and if I’m not willing to take action then I keep my mouth shut.
…because we create friction when we favor words, over actions.
Worth repeating… when I’m too tired to improve the situation by positive action… I leave.
Foundational habits and positive addictions.
Know the areas where it’s worth making an effort.
Start with the person in the mirror.