My daughters are my motivation role models.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching them lie on the floor crying in frustration at not being able to move, to working their way to being able to move so fast, you can’t even take your eyes off them for a second in the event they take a death defying leap to crawl down the stairs.

Okay, perhaps pleasure is the wrong word, but nothing has been more motivating than watching my baby girls get better by the day.

Although I might not be able to achieve such obvious, tangible improvement in weeks, days, or hours it always reminds me of my own potential – I too can keep improving if I try.

While my daughters have continued to grow, so have I.

You can’t necessarily see it, but up here (I’m pointing to my head, for the context of the written word), I have been stretched to new levels.

Witnessing the births of my children has been the best thing to ever happen to me, with that event came the consequences – taking on that responsibility has gradually increased my ability to be the best I can be.

More patient, understanding, supportive, more… self-aware.

It’s not easy to describe on paper, the magical transformation I’ve experienced as a person, but just the simple day to day activities involved in raising them.

From daily habits like reading to them, to keeping a cool head when one of them (or both) don’t want to go to sleep.

It’s even helped in the growth of the relationship with my wife – to talk to her, admit my weaknesses, and support her.

Currently, I’m at the stage of my life where I have never felt so tired.  I think of all those years when I was young and free of responsibility when I would say I was ‘busy’.

It’s laughable now, and how much with the hindsight of fatherhood I realise I could have utilised that time much better.

Fatherhood is the greatest honour bestowed on me and with it, it inspires me to get better by the day.

My daughters are still at an age where they see a hero, so I do everything I can to live up to that expectation.

And if they can keep getting better every day, then it is my responsibility to keep doing the same.

Thanks for reading, wishing you the best in your success.

James @Perfect Manifesto.

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11 thoughts on “Better By The Day

  1. Great post James. I am not a parent but I can definitely see how being a parent would challenge you to step up and grow as a person. Your daughters are adorable by the way!

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