A wise teacher gave our family a gift one year ago -- she told our twins that inside of each one of us is a “Can-Do Coach.” This Coach is there to help and encourage and cheer -- especially when there is a big challenge or goal.
I regularly remind the kids that they have a “Can-Do Coach” and we have lively discussions about how the Coach can help. Frequently, my son will share a story about a triumph and will always remark that his “Can-Do Coach” helped out. The best thing: The Coach is an expert at everything -- math quizzes, sports, social situations and more.
I’ve always considered the “Can-Do Coach” a kiddo thing -- though I’ve secretly wished I had one.
Well, I’m happy to report I’m wrong! Growns-ups do have “Can-Do Coaches” too. Recently, I reported this discovery to the twins. It went something like this:
ME: Hey guys, guess what?
M and J: Yeah, Mom?
ME: Well, you know that I’m training for my first ½ marathon ever and that recently the runs have been getting harder and harder for me. On my first big run, I realized I need some help because I started doubting myself and it was really, really hard. And that is when my “Can-do Coach” showed up!
M and J: WOW! Are you kidding Mom?
ME: No I am not kidding! [Insert wink here]. When I felt like I couldn’t push myself and that maybe I had made a mistake trying to train for a 13.1 mile run, my “Can-Do Coach” jumped right in and gave me a pep talk. I heard all the works we say to you two and I knew deep down that I could do it.
M and J: Well Mom, it sounds like you need to always remember you CAN-DO-IT and sometimes even Moms need a coach to remind her.
Now, when I go for my long weekend runs, I remember to bring along my water, my ipod and most importantly my “Can-Do Coach” -- sometimes we all need a voice telling us we CAN do it. And that is a lesson for all ages.
Laura Rossi Totten is a blogger and a public relations expert. Laura’s writing has been featured in many places including the NPR station WRNI-FM. GalleyCat/MediaBistro named her a “2011 Best Book Publicity and Marketing Twitter feed.” She’s been profiled on SheWrites.com and CircleofMoms.com. Visit Laura’s blog My So-Called Sensory Life: 365 Unexpected Gifts from Motherhood and her website Laura Rossi Public Relations. Follow her on Twitter @BookPRGirl. Laura is on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/bookprgirl/.