It's Christmas time and with all of the craziness in this time of year can tend to make us very inward focused and self-centered. Everything becomes about us, our family, our friends and we forget about the people struggling. How can we stay outward focused and be a blessing to other people?
How many opportunities do you pass on? Not miss, you pass on them. Sometimes being there first and paying attention to the opportunities around you is all you need to move your life forward and make it more interesting. If you're walking through life without engaging with others, you may be passing up opportunities.
Finding consistency can be difficult enough when you have children, but when you have step-children that share a home with an ex-spouse, it can be crazy. What can you do to keep consistency when you have step-children?
Everyone messes up in life. Those whom look for perfection are looking for the wrong thing in life. Sometimes we fail to show our family the love and respect they deserve. Sometimes, it's others showing us a lack of love and respect. How do you handle these situations? What could you do differently?
Routines are great for us, it can make us more productive, more calm. Sometimes, we need to change things up to make life more interesting and even, more productive. We all have heard the definition of insanity, but disrupting your life by changing your routines can make like crazy in a good way. Listen for some easy ways to shake up your routine.
We can all be distracted by something. Sometimes it's a big distraction you can clearly see is in your way. Other times, they're tiny distractions that pile up without you realizing it until they finally become a huge problem. If you have distractions, there's a reason for it. Are you paying attention to what they are?
Celebrating success is when you can look at what you've achieved that is special, bold and daring. With all of the craziness of our lives, sometimes we don't see that success worth celebrating as easily as we should. Sometimes, it's just like scoring a goal, you haven't won the game yet, but you contributed to getting there.
Do you realize how many decisions you make per week? How many decisions do you make compared to your children? We're all making plenty of decisions on a daily basis, but are those decisions being made for your benefit, to your family's benefit? Every decision has a consequence and today I want to talk to you about some important decisions you're contemplating right now.
Instead of teaching your children to wish for things, can you teach them to dream for things bigger and better for their life. Dreams are achievable, but you have to start doing things to make them happen. This is important for our kids to understand and it's our job as fathers to help our kids realize their dreams by teaching them to do things that help them achieve their dreams.
Do you have yourself in stuck in neutral? Are you happy there? Probably not. It's so important that you're pushing yourself to try things differently. Get out of your comfort zone. What is it going to be for you to be a life disrupter?
What type of connection do you have with your kids? Is it anything like the connection had with your parents? How often do you take a step back to evaluate that relationship? This week, we discuss the importance of showing up for your kids.
The truth can hurt and as a father, we tend to be very selective about whom we choose to take advice from. In most cases, the best advice comes from those who know us best. That could be our spouse or even our own children. Are you willing to take advice from your colleagues, your competitors, your spouse, how about your teenager?
I'm Ray Matz and I'd like to introduce myself to you and tell you more about why I'm launching my podcast, Game Changing Dads. Marriage and fatherhood are two very important subjects to me. It's easy in our life to focus on career, money, stature, but making decisions that put God, and family first are harder to make. It's here that I hope to help you through some of the decisions and boundaries you need to set in order to stay motivated and encouraged to lead, love and live!