Life is riddled with distractions, clutter, and a never-ending to-do list – and it doesn’t get any easier with 19 children. Many times, we lost sight of our original plans or goals and became overwhelmingly discouraged, but in the end, we still managed to complete the tasks that needed to be done. No one said anything would be easy, and we learned to work through it as a family. Hard work is part of the experience, and it’s one that we wouldn’t trade for the world.
What to Expect
If your organization’s productivity is stagnating, it might be time to wake it up and steer it in the right direction. “It is a Wonderful Life?” is a keynote address that discusses strategies for finding focus and following through on goals. We’ll share how our family stayed productive so that the members of your organization can apply those principles to their lives.
This speech is about more than just encouraging the audience to find their path or become reacquainted with it. It is also a personal narrative of how our large family of multiple family groups stayed productive and on task. It is an illustration of the results of conscious focus, as well as a demonstration of how to get out of a rut, combined with some hilarious stories of how we got creative to reach our goals. We’ve had plenty of success with these things, and plenty of blunders as well, and we’ll detail them all with wit and transparency.
Staying productive is a daunting task for groups of any size, but we can help. “It is a Wonderful Life?” teaches strategies such as:
Parenting is an exercise in leadership. You have to ensure that everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing when they are supposed to be doing it. Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the schedules, while feeling like you’re hanging by a thread. When that starts to happen, it’s essential to stop and remind yourself that you make the schedule. Who’s in charge of your time? You are. As a family, we had to remember what we were working for – and it definitely was not our schedules. We’ll show why it’s essential to recognize when you’ve lost your focus, and need to take a break.
Goal setting is great, but it’s important to remember why you are doing it in the first place. Set new goals, but don’t just throw caution to the wind. You may want to cross in the middle of the street, but it’s never a good idea to do that without looking both ways first! As a family, we set plenty of goals, but we also missed a few targets and redefined goals as needed. Again, our goals were a part of our life experience, but not the definition of what we were about. We’ll explain why being open to redefining your goals is a necessary part of staying productive and how to use creativity to identify what’s needed to get out of your rut.
Of course, living in a family with 19 adopted children teaches some valuable life lessons. One of these lessons is the importance of being polite. A little bit of respect goes a long way in both large families and professional relationships, and we have plenty of anecdotes to support this.
Communication means more than merely being polite, however. Effective communication, the kind that helps organizations grow, comes from the heart. If your heart is telling you that something is right, you should do it. This strategy works in both professional and personal relationships, and it was especially helpful for our family.