I'm not sure if you are one of those types of people that just jumps out of bed first thing in the morning ready to attack your day, but I naturally am not. I have had a hard time getting out of bed more days than I'd like to admit. Often the question in my mind is "why should I?" Not that I won't get up, but why should I jump out of bed, why should I get up earlier than absolutely necessary?
Why do more than I need to?
Why work harder than I have to?
Why go the extra mile?
For me, a big part of my why, my reason to push myself beyond what is comfortable, is my kids (especially Brooklyn since Liam is still a little guy). Brooklyn and Liam watch everything my wife and I do and say and I believe what we do and how we live will cement in them what "normal" is and establish a foundation in them about how to live life. If I am lazy, they will think being lazy is normal and ok and they will gravitate towards that. If I'm pushing myself to be better, they will join in with me in that as well. It's a huge responsibility, knowing your everyday habits and routines will be unintentionally duplicated through your kids. It has helped me do more, be better, and push myself.
I've done this well in a few areas and now Brooklyn actually helps push me to do better. For example, I'm writing this blog post because SHE wanted to write in her blog and asked if I would make a post as well on my blog. What a great way to live. I will continue to pursue excellence in all areas of my life even though its uncomfortable and challenging because I know if I do, that will not only make my life better, but it will set my kids down a path where they will be able to achieve even more than Sarah and I ever will.