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As Dads let's have a new way of thinking

28-Mar-2019

I can’t erase your way of thinking about fatherhood. Instead, I’d like to shift your thinking, change your mindset. While there may be some truth to us being products of our past, it does not mean that we are prisoners of our past. The old chains can be broken. Your past does not have to prescribe what you will be in the future. So what’s this new way of thinking? It’s thinking of your role as a father as being your job-your most important job- because it is. That should be your mindset.


Your past does not have to prescribe what you will be in the future.
 
You have to understand your ultimate purpose and responsibilities in your job is to do it well. What would you think of an executive if he didn’t know the mission of his company? What about a football coach who didn’t know the purpose for his team? And what would your reaction be if a military general said he didn’t understand his objectives on the battlefield? If a manager was never given a job description, do you think he’d understand the responsibilities of his position? You’d expect all of them to fail, and in some cases, maybe even be fired, right? Do you want to know what makes Navy SEALS so successful? Sure, they’re physically tough, but more importantly, they’re mentally tough. They have the mindset that they will always put their mission first and will not be deterred from accomplishing that mission. That’s what it takes to be a great dad.


Well, the same holds true in your job as a dad. You have to have the mindset that you will always put your mission first and will not be deterred from accomplishing that mission: So, if you agree that being a dad is your most important job, you need to be able to answer the following questions:


What is my mission as a father?


What are my goals and objectives as a dad?


In doing that, what daily or weekly tasks will I undertake to accomplish those goals?


What is my job description as a father?


The mindset of many fathers is thinking that their job as a dad is to be just a provider and protector. Our biggest fear in life shouldn’t be a failure; it should be succeeding at things in life that don’t matter. A father’s mission matters. What is that mission? To love and lead our children. And a father has to have clear goals to accomplish that mission.