I want to take this chance to share something with you that is extremely close to my heart. See, a lot of people know me as Dani Johnson, the businesswoman, best-selling author, speaker, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. But more than anything else, I am blessed to be the wife of an incredible man who never fails to completely blow my mind, and I get to be the mom of 5 amazing kids, and the grandmother of 4 precious babies (soon to be 5!).
If you are a parent, you know full well what an honor and a huge responsibility it is to have kids. You probably can also identify with the worries and fears I had in my earlier years as a parent.
You know the ones I’m talking about: The fear that your sweet babies who draw you pictures and beg you to read them stories today will turn into rebellious, disrespectful teenagers who want nothing to do with you. The fear of your children being influenced by the world around them and sucked into a life of drugs, illicit sex, and addictions. Or even feeling completely insignificant as a mom – always cooking, cleaning, potty training, being a taxi driver and referee, yet still feeling like you’re not significant in the big picture.
It was always my dream to be a mother – a good mother. I didn’t want to be one of those who just gave birth and hoped for the best. I didn’t want to be the mom who sacrificed her family for her own success. I didn’t want to be the controlling, over-protective, overbearing mom who smothered her kids. As a mom, I wanted to give my kids the best shot at life. I wanted to set them up for success from a very young age.
Flowers die, but THIS is forever
How many bouquets of flowers have you given Mom in your lifetime? I’m sure she loves them, and she is honored that you thought to buy them for her. But a week later, what is she left with? A vase of smelly, dead flowers. This Mother’s Day, give Mom a gift that will last a lifetime!
I have a burning desire deep inside of me to see my children grow and mature into honorable, responsible, God-fearing adults who contribute to society and truly make the world a better place. I long to see my children far surpass my own level of success. I want to see them rise up as leaders of their generation, and generations to come.
I want you to think about that for a minute. What kind of parent do you want to be? What kind of life do you want to help your children create? How do you want your kids to remember you, as they tell their grandchildren about you? What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
That can seem overwhelming for some. For others, it inspires you and causes you to dream of the success that lies ahead for your family.
But as Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, I really wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you.
Moms – You ARE significant! Your job is so necessary and so important. You, as a mom, have a role no one else can fill! Do you realize that? That is not meant to put pressure on you or to overwhelm you; that is meant to encourage and edify you! You are irreplaceable. You are to be honored and cherished.
There is a line in my all-time favorite book that I want to share with you today. This book is packed with wisdom and insights that I have used to groom my children. It’s actually the best success book ever written. (The Bible, in case you were wondering.) It says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Do you understand what that means?? It means your work will pay off! It means the countless hours you put in to raise honorable and responsible kids are not in vain! It is encouragement for you to keep pressing forward in this journey that is parenthood. It is a promise that if you do your part, God will do His.
You’ve probably said, "Oh my gosh! Is this ever going to get easier? Is this ever going to be fun? Is it ever going to be worth it? Am I doing the right thing? Is this even going to work, or am I just driving myself crazy for nothing?"
And now you’re probably thinking, "Dani, how do you know what I’m thinking?!" Because I have had the same thoughts! I have been there!
I told you some of the fears I have faced throughout the years. But I have to tell you now – I am so grateful that I have learned everything I have about parenting. Am I a perfect parent? NO WAY! Far from it. But I am consistently improving myself, and my entire family and I work together to move forward and set our children up for the best future possible.
I’ve also coached thousands of our clients, including entire families, who have taken the principles from Grooming the Next Generation for Success and have created an absolute dream life for their families. It has been such a joy to watch families be transformed and lives literally be saved through this.
We have seen teenagers who were suicidally depressed and addicted to drugs become the hard-working and respectful teenagers who are role-models for other kids. We have seen young teens who were on antidepressants or ADHD meds who have improved so much, they no longer need the medications. And we have seen parents who were burned out, depressed, and terrified of screwing up their childrens’ futures, but are now confident they are setting their kids up for a lifetime of success.
I told you what I desire for my own children – and I know that you, as a parent, have the same desires for your kids. You truly want them to succeed in life. And I honor you for that.
My friend, I don’t want to assume anything today. I’m sure you are fully confident that your children will become successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, doctors, lawyers, world leaders, wise investors, great husbands or wives, and good parents someday. But if there is any doubt in your mind at all… If you can identify with any of the fears or concerns I mentioned today… If you have a deep desire to give your children the best life possible… I don’t want to just pump you full of encouragement without giving you a next step.
In honor of Mother’s Day, our team has put together a special package to help you groom the next generation for success. In this package, we are releasing 4 private sessions from a workshop I did for a small group in the town where I live, as well as 3 bonus bundles which address 3 of the biggest topics parents are facing today. You can get it here, but it’s only available for an extremely short time.
I hope you are encouraged today. If you are mom, I hope you understand how significant you are. If you’re not a mom, I hope you will take this chance to tell your mom (or the mother figure in your life) how much she means to you.
You can honor your mother today by forwarding this link to her! In fact, go ahead and send this to everyone you know, and lets honor ALL moms today! Post this on your mom’s Facebook wall, or even print it out and give it to her. Everyone – including moms – needs encouragement!
One more thing before I sign off for the day… On Sunday night, I’ll be jumping on air for our nationally syndicated radio show. I can’t wait to share the topic with you and hear what you have to say about it. Check out the sidebar for details!
In great faith,
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