What opportunities have you said “yes” to lately?
Think about it. Many of our interactions are a series of questions and answers – in person, via email, and in our heads. Not everything is a yes-or-no question, but we are often presented with simple choices: Are you ready to make dinner? Are you available to help with homework? Do you want to take advantage of this opportunity?
I was presented with such a choice recently: Stephanie, do you want to sponsor the Bethesda Soccer Club Annual Golf Tournament? My daughter’s soccer coach sent an email to all parents asking for support. So I had a choice: yes, or no?
I want to support my daughter, and I want to support her team. The Bethesda Soccer Club has been a big part of our lives. But it’s about more than the soccer team. I want to support other parents like me, and other teens like my daughter and sons. I want them to know they are not alone. I want to support them as they want (and try) 2 win all over the map in everything.
It’s tough to be a mom
I know what that is like. My teens are high-functioning, high-achieving student athletes, and I see them push themselves to be perfect. I’m so proud of them, but sometimes it pains me because perfection is impossible. Yet, it wasn’t too long ago that I was the one pushing for perfection. I spent years being an overachiever for my kids.
I said YES to sponsoring the Golf Tournament, because I know there will be other parents there like me. I said YES because I want to be a resource for those parents dealing with high performing student athletes. I said YES because if I can make just one mom feel understood in her struggle to support her teen without pressure, then it’s a win. I experienced the pain of pushing too hard and I want to share my lessons learned to spare YOU pain. We parents treasure our diamonds, and we CAN do so without adding any pressure.
What is holding you back?
I said YES to this opportunity, even though I’ve never sponsored an event before. Instead of listening to my fear or tiredness, I said YES. I will be there because I want all of us parents to support our kids and their dreams in wanting 2 win, and I know we can get there.
Now, I have a yes-or-no question for you: will you share a challenge YOU have supporting your high achieving teen? Email me and let me know!
(Image by Aaron Burden)
Here are pictures from the golf tournament I said “yes” to. It was really fun!