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S5-Ep187 - Self Awareness and the Parenting MF

July 2, 2019

Yesterday was short and to the point. And we talked about 2 things that you need to be doing to succeed. And the good news is that they can work in any area you want to be better in. The first was hustle.

  So the 2nd?  That was self awareness.

  And half the battle on self awareness is just honesty. And here’s the best part. You can be honest with yourself right now. You don’t have to admit to anyone, you don’t have to say anything out loud. This isn’t a guru led conference with a trust fall. Just think about parenting and one thing you’ve sucked at over the last week.

  • I’ll wait.

Ok, for me it’s not showing enough compassion to my kids. They’ll forget to take their dinner plate to the sink and I’ll sternly say, “What are we supposed to do after we’re finished!” And that tears kids down. Obviously the opposite of what I want. And that’s crazy to me – that’s what’s a mind fuck about parenting. We want our kids to grow up to be prepared and attentive and then we give them direction to be organized and thoughtful. Or that’s what we think we did, but in fact all we did was tell them (in the tone that I said it) I told them that they don’t add up, and can’t get it right if I’m not there to watch them. Then next time you know what they do? – Subconsciously – they’ll ignore what they’re supposed to do --- because a parent is there to do it for them. I don’t know about you but that’s a mind fuck for me. Telling them what they did wrong was what we thought we were supposed to as parents. And it turns out its wrong. Anyway, that starts with me. So I’m going to work on that.

  What are you going to work on?