I have always needed to motivate myself and I’ve generally had great success by posting notes or placing a photo or an item near where I work as a code or secret inspiration and encouragement.

Sometimes I make a collage or what I often call, “a treasure map.” These help me to keep the adventure going.

When I began adopting my sons I posted an encouraging quote on the bathroom mirror every morning. By the time Sons No. 4 & 5 arrived I began slacking in this area.

I also posted power words in cabinets, drawers, on the clothes washer and dryer, in the freezer… everywhere. Two still remain in place after 15 years.

In the bathroom we have a lavatory cabinet with three drawers. The very bottom drawer has always been the “additional toilet paper” drawer.

The rule was/is: if you take out a roll you finish up and then grab a replacement roll from the hall closet.

This note is a biggie for me!

“Ugh! I have to refill all my medicine cases.”

That’s really negative and makes the very small task sound like the worst drag.

Instead, with such items I say, “I get to ____” or “I’m so lucky I have ____.”

With my medicine case refills (I have three weekly cases so they’re only refilled every three weeks!) I remind myself I’m lucky to afford my medications since the last adoption screwed up my insurance, and that I’m grateful to have medication to help treat my diabetes and the medications that are preventatives for issues contributed by diabetes.

It’s all in the wording. The words we use can encourage us to always be operating at our best.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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