Last week I was picking up my nephew from dive camp. There was a swim camp going on at the same time. One of the swim coaches was telling a story from his childhood and how one coach asked him if he wanted to be an Olympic champion. He said he wanted to be a champion. The coach them told him that in order to be a champion he needed to train like a champion, eat like a champion, sleep like a champion, and think like a champion. It was a highly motivating story. It turns out the coach telling the story won three Olympic gold medals.
I have been reflecting on this story and it made me wonder if I am training my children to be champions in life. It does not matter to me if my children are not Olympic champions. What I want is for my children to live life well. What does this look like? We know the importance of physical fitness and healthy eating habits for overall health. We are learning the importance of getting 6-8 hours of sleep each day for emotional, mental and physical wellness. I am learning that how a person thinks plays a major role in overall health.
Here are my questions for you:
Does your family value physical fitness?
Does your family eat healthy?
Does your family value the importance of sleep?
What does your family do to be emotionally well?
What does your family do to be mentally well?
What does your family do to be spiritually well?
I certainly do not have all the answers. It is almost overwhelming to think about these things and how to train our children to live well.
Feel free to share what works best for your family.