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Inside: Family mottos that will stick around and help motivate everyone. These are great reminders when you want to encourage your kids as well.
I decided that I didn’t need to focus on hard fast goals next year.
This means that, while goals are great and all, I tend to become consumed by goals to the detriment of other things. If my goals are too lofty or numerous then I find it hard to fit other things in. I let important present oriented things slide.
And, let’s face it, if we’re always living in the future then we’re never ever arriving at anything.
So instead of creating goals I want to attain, I am going to create some mottos I’m going to tell myself next year. They aren’t anything earth shattering or new to my journey, but maybe they’ll resonate with some of you other go getters.
Maybe we can calm down a little next year.
Not that we won’t be working toward our ultimate goals, of course, but that we’ll gives ourselves a chance to live a little now in the present.
Examples Of Family Mottos
These are just some examples that resonate with me. I hope they inspire or encourage you to think of your own family mottos.
“Be faithful in the little.”
This goes along with “don’t despise small beginnings” to my heart.
I look at where others are at in various things and I feel defeated before I even begin.
- The savings isn’t where I want it.
- The house isn’t how I want it. (pssst, a house walk might help)
- The kids behavior isn’t where I want it. (might need a reset!)
These things can tend to weigh on my mind so I am going to continue to learn contentment and to remember that God’s Word says that we are to be faithful with the little.
If He sees fit to give more than fine. If not, then fine again. If I learn to be faithful with the “little” I have then I can sleep well at night, no matter the future.
“Practice Makes Progress”
We will never feel we’ve fully arrived.
No one does.
The best way to appreciate our own efforts, be proud of where we’ve come, and to aim high without fearing failure is to know that by practicing we can get better. We can learn more. Grow more. Progress is good.
” I can only control myself.”
I read this ebook on Kindle a while ago and, while I don’t remember anything much about the storyline, I loved this repeating statement. “You can’t control anything or anybody.”
Now, of course we can control certain things in our lives.
But what this means to me is that God is ultimately in control. I can’t control whether my children make good decisions all the time. I do my part and they are human. I can’t control whether my friends or family do what I want/like/think they should. I can’t control this big bad world. I can only control my own reactions.
- We trust in God to take care of us.
- We don’t try to manipulate our family members to do what we want.
- We don’t waste time being hyper vigilant about what others are doing.
- We worry about our own behavior and our own emotions.
“It is what it is.”
I can already feel this one being a big fat repeated phrase in my brain next year. Why?
Because just today I’ve already said it to myself about 100 times.
Instead of trying to figure out things that I can’t control or wishing things were a certain way that just aren’t, I’m going to tell myself that it is what it is.
That sounds defeatist, but I don’t mean it that way. I mean it in more of a “stop worrying about what you legitimately can’t change” kind of way.
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“You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit.”
We heard this somewhere ages ago and loved it.
I actually am happy to let my kids tell me their opinions, and I don’t always consider that back talk.
However, my husband and I both cannot stand whining. It triggers something in us that makes us both go into fight or flight and, well, we just don’t want our kids whining or being ungrateful.
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