This morning I had the sweetest conversation with my second grader. We were driving to school talking about grades and subjects in school and report cards…
She’s struggling a little bit with math, and she didn’t get the grade she wanted on her report card. Her sister is in Kindergarten and hasn’t received her report card yet, but it should be sent home soon.
My second grader blurted out, “If she gets all good grades, I’m going to be so mad!”
I swear, she has been competitive since birth, which definitely proves she is without a doubt my child.
I honestly wanted to say – girl, I feel you! But since I’m a responsible mother, I responded by saying, “No you will not – you will be so proud of your sister.”
She replied, “I know, but I want all good grades too.”
In this moment, I totally felt her pain. I was her in second grade. Math didn’t (and still doesn’t) come easily to me. I had to work really hard, and I found myself playing the “compare” game with the girls in my class that did excel in math and had the perfect grade I wanted so badly.
I turned to my sweet and gifted second-grade daughter and said, “Honey, you know what you need to do to get better at math. Do you wish for it?”
She smiled and said, “No! I gotta work for it!”
This sweet and innocent conversation speaks volumes doesn’t it?
It is such a great reminder to us all that we can’t “wish” for success. We can’t “wish” for health.
No one wakes up to amazing success.
No one wakes up to beautiful six pack abs.
Even though I totally wish that would happen, the truth is it takes work. It takes practice. It takes baby steps. One after the other after the other.
I encourage and challenge you today to stop wishing! Make a plan to get you to your goals with real, tangible and trackable steps. The wish game doesn’t work. It’s time to get busy!