This site focuses on how to live it forward. How to determine what you really want out of life and how to live that story into reality. In other words, how to live into a bigger story. A bigger personal story. A bigger professional story. A bigger life story. A bigger success story.
I wish you could have been with me recently when I had a conversation with a dad to be about how to live into a bigger story as a father. What a discussion!
Now, by no means am I Super Dad. However, I can honestly say I strive to be a family man. That is probably the reason this dad to be wanted to talk with me. He pretty much said, “You seem like a good dad, so what’s the key to success to being a good dad?
Question: What would you say to this dad to be? What would you say is the key to success to being a good father?
My response was straightforward: “Don’t just say I love you, LIVE I Love You!”
I could have shared a ton of strategies with this dad to be to explain what I meant. Instead, I highlighted one statement that drives everything I do with my kids and one note I keep on my iPhone that motivates me to LIVE I Love You for my kids.
One Statement That Drives Everything I Do With My Kids
The one statement that drives everything I do with my kids is this: I want to be the kind of dad my kids can look at and say with pride, “That’s my dad!”
I said to this dad to be: “That’s it, plain and simple. Do this and you’ll be a successful dad. Enough said!”
One Note That Motivates Me To LIVE I Love You For My Kids
What I’m about to write might be bragging and I’m okay with that. The reason? I’m proud that my daughters actually said this about me.
When my twin daughters were 13 years old, Kathy asked what kind of guy they’d like to marry. They said, “A guy like dad.” Kathy asked for specifics and this is what they said (word for word):
- Loves Jesus
- Loves mom
- Loves and spends time with family
- Aggressively seeks to provide for our family
- Inspires, encourages, and motivates others
When the dad to be finished reading this note, he looked up and said: “Wow, I hope my kids say those kind of things about me someday.”
Can you guess what I said in response to this dad to be?
LIVE I Love You and they will!
Question: How do you LIVE I Love You with your family?