Every single month, I write one word on our white board that the girls and I focus on. We talk about it, reflect on it, and implement it into our daily lives.
We started doing this based on the book In This House, We Will Giggle. It’s an amazing book that helps families make virtues, love, and laughter a part of their daily routine. It’s full of ideas of how to bring to life the virtues I constantly pray for and strive to instill in my children.
The awesome part is that the girls love seeing the word written on the board! And I love seeing the reminder to implement it into our discussions throughout our days.
Recently, I read an article about a woman who attended a seminar where the speaker encouraged the audience to wake up everyday jump up and down, and yell happily, “I’m excited! I’m excited! I’m excited!” She challenged them for 30 to days to implement this into their lives and see what positive changes they reported. As you can image this had quite a positive impact for many.
The writer of the article said that she then got the idea to change the wording to, “I’ve decided!” to help her along her journey as an entrepreneur. She stated that each day she would wake up, jump up and down, and yell excitedly, “I’ve decided! I’ve decided! I’ve decided!” She reported that this one word focus is the key to being successful in business and life.
Read the full article here!
As I continued to read this inspiring article, the wheels in my head started tuning.
Lately, my little had been having a difficult time at daycare. Now we get compliments everywhere we go about how well behaved the girls are, yet I periodically get called from daycare to come pick her up due to ill behavior. Based on this evidence, it appeared to me that she truly exhibited the capability to behave well, what she lacked…..was the desire.
In my light bulb moment, I decided that we would be taking a break from our normal word focus, and focus on something slightly different for a while.
So I walked out to my big white board, erased the word written on it and wrote in big, bold letters, “I’VE DECIDED!”
The next morning as the girls jumped out of bed and made their way into the living room, where our board is displayed, they asked me about the new word.
As I introduced the word to them, we spoke about what it meant to decide something. I then presented an idea to my youngest. I told her that from now on we would jump up and down together every morning and yell, “I’ve decided to have a good day!” That first day she was apprehensive, and I did most the jumping and ALL the yelling. But as the days went on she became more and more excited, and actually looked forward, to doing her special exercise with mommy.
What was more interesting is that her teachers were happy to report, that not only was her attitude better at daycare they noticed her stopping herself in the middle of destructive behavior, and decide to walk away!
Now if you still don’t think that words have an influence over our lives, I encourage you to think again, and check out the article I wrote on The Power of A Spoken Word: Oola.
Words truly play a powerful role in our daily lives. They give energy to our lives and can either make or break our day.
Making conscience decisions about our behaviors and reactions beforehand, can save us so much heartache in our day to day interactions.
So the question is….. what is it that you’ve decided?