Some days, parenting is hard. Sometimes, it feels like you don’t have enough gas in the tank to do “bedtime” at the end of the day.
No matter how much we value spending time with our kids, everyone inevitably hits the proverbial wall. That's when many of us, myself included, are tempted to "lose it" and yell at our kids.
When I get into those exhausted and, frankly, ungrateful moods, what I’ve started to do is something I first heard from entrepreneur Alex Hormozi:
I close my eyes and picture myself as me at 80 years old. There is no dollar amount or price this elderly man would not pay to be right where I am tonight, rubbing my son’s back as he falls asleep. Nothing. He would trade it all, his entire fortune accumulated over a lifetime for ONE more night putting his kids to sleep.I do this constantly. It hits me hard every single time.It’s a process that prolific content creator Sahil Bloom refers to as “mental time travel”—and it really works.
“Go back 10 years and think about how your past self would be in awe of where you are today.” —SAHIL BLOOM View on Twitter
An important part of being a High Value Dad is developing an elite ability to regulate our emotions, even when your kids give you every reason to lose your $#%!. So the next time you feel yourself drifting toward rage, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and do some mental time traveling.
Let your 80-year-old self tell you how lucky you are to be exactly where you are today.