Why do you wake up on a Monday morning?

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Sometimes on Monday morning I sit down at my desk and regret ALL the time I wasted on the weekend. 

This morning, sitting here I glanced at my bookshelf for some inspiration. These words jumped out at me: Optimization! Mastery! Power! Tactics! Ultimate! Strengths! 
(business books all touting the same strategies for getting ahead)

Then my eye strays to the shelves above, where I see these titles: More Secrets of Happy Children, Growing Great Boys, Raising Boys, The Lost Art of Childhood ... and many more about the joys of parenting.

It's a sweet reminder of why we do what we do. I'm no different from anyone else, I just want to raise my boys to be happy, successful citizens. I know I'm doing a good job with that. I have nice kids. But I could be doing a better job being more present when they are home - working less! and not regretting time away from work if it's been time spent with family!

That's my why. 

What's yours? Are you keeping that purpose front of mind? I'll be the first to admit that I can get carried away with the idea of wanting to have a huge amazing business that helps women all over the world. But that's a means to an end. The goal is to be able to be a good parent and support my family (physically, mentally and financially). 

Spend a minute thinking about why you do what you do and how you're measuring up. 

pic - one of my kids at a temple a few summers back.