4 reasons to LOVE Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving – Love it, love it! Why? 4 simple reasons:

 

  1. It’s a fact (26 scientific studies and counting)
  2. It’s about appreciation
  3. It’s about others
  4. It feels good (really good)

McBreen Family Fall 2014

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” –Native American saying

Answer the following questions and see how good thankfulness feels:

  • Who are three amazing people in my life? (Tip – call them and tell them right now)
  • What are three great things about where I live?
  • What are three great things about where I work or what I do for a living?

I’m thankful to have an opportunity to connect with awesome people like you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Joe

“I just want my kids to be happy” is the WRONG answer

What do you want you for your children?

Are you clear about your goals as a parent?

When I ask people about their professional goals, they can tell me immediately; short terms goals, long term goals, where they are strong and where they need work.  In other words, they have a great amount of clarity in their professional lives.

But when the same question is asked about their parenting goals there are typically two responses; The first is ‘nothing’ (read: a blank stare, clarifying questions, etc.) and the second is usually admirable but, frankly,  so vague it is worthless.

“I just want my kids to be happy” is the wrong answer!

Can you imagine if the CEO of a Fortune 500 company was asked what they want to achieve and responded with, “I just want the people in my company to be happy”?

Do you have clear work parenting goals?

Do you have a company parenting vision or mission statement?

Do you have a weekly company family meeting?

If you answered ‘no’, don’t feel badly – most parents do not have goals, a family mission or vision, etc.

Responsibility-Diagramimage from http://specialopsmoms.blogspot.com/

Over the next few weeks, I’ll present a few common situations (such as working with teachers and coaches when times are tough) that discuss and challenge how most parents deal with them and connect parental actions with developing truly healthy, independent children.

So, tell me, are you crystal  clear on your goals as a parent?

What three attributes do you want your children to have when they become adults?

46 @ 46 (Things I have learned on my journey so far…)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the lessons that life has taught me because I recently celebrated my 46th birthday.  I’m not the same person I was twenty years ago.

I thought I knew everything as a teen. I was too confident for my own good in my 20s. I thought I was doing fine but the truth was that I struggled through my 30’s and early 40’s; I struggled to connect to who I was as an individual. My life was not aligned with my values nor my purpose. (Purpose? I didn’t even consciously define my purpose.) At the time, I didn’t have use mentors, role models, or coaches to give me the type of direction I craved needed.

My life was not aligned with my values nor my purpose.

It’s taken a long time and lots of personal work, but I finally feel as though I’ve racked up enough years, experiences, and reflective time to share a little bit of the things I’ve learned.

Here it is… 46 things I wish I would have known and practiced decades earlier. Please consider putting some of them to good use in your own life.

  • You don’t ‘find’ your life’s purpose; you must ‘define’ your life’s purpose.
  • Attitude is everything and YOU control it regardless of your circumstance.
  • You are what comes out of our mouth.

But wait, there’s more – keep reading!