My son and I have a goodnight routine that we started implementing a few months back.  It came about when one night, I fell asleep before my kids went to bed.  In doing so, he kissed me on the forehead while I was sleeping.

As he told me about it the next night, it presented a new bonding experience.  While he was getting tucked in bed by my wife, I would come in and kiss him on the forehead.  Then, I would put my head down and he would kiss my forehead in return.

In my daughter’s room, there is a picture of the two of us, from when she was a baby.  It was taken on a Sunday at Grandma’s and we fell asleep together on the couch watching tv.  She was laying on my chest and our faces were touching.

The picture rests on her nightstand next to her bed.  I always tease her as she adds more clutter to her nightstand and our picture gets pushed back.  I enter here room and ask what happen to our picture.  She quickly gets out of bed and adjusts the picture.  I tell her it should be the first thing she sees when she wakes up in the morning.

My wife is my best friend and “my favorite person in the whole world.”  She is the person I share my greatest triumphs with and the person I lean on in times of struggle.  We have the best moments of laughter.  I could definitely smile more, but she gets it out of me.

Why am I telling you this?  Is it because I am proud how much I love my family?  Sure, maybe that is part of it.  But you know there is more to this story.

They are not just my blood line, loves of my life, and mother of my children.  They are my inspiration.  They are my support system.  They helped me become the person I am today.

I want to be a source of pride for my kids!

I want my wife to smile when she looks at me!

I want them all to be excited when I walk in the door!

Their love gets me out of bed in the morning.  Their passion for life wants me to be around them more and more.  They make me smile!

I talk quite a bit about the power of motivation.  I have also heard and read others preach that motivation is not enough to invoke change.  That it is not deep enough to keep you consistent over large periods of time.

To those people, I would say, don’t underestimate the power of motivation.  I encourage clients near and far to do the work and uncover the motivation that drives you.

No, it does not have to be linked to your family as is in my case.  I use my life as an example of what the power of motivation can do for someone.

For you my message is this…

Find that thing that truly inspires you.  It needs to grab you deep within your heart and make you laugh and cry within seconds of each other.  It allows you to be your best consistently.

If you can figure this out, your life will take a quantum leap.

Commit to your excellence.

PS: HOMWORK ASSIGNMENT: Exchange a forehead kiss with someone in your life (Be careful who you chose!).  It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face 🙂