My husband Jason is a motivational speaker. He has traveled the world speaking to corporations and groups about how to overcome adversity and deal with change (something many of us are working through right now). Jason recently spoke for a group of orthodontic staff members and during his presentation told a story about “Chore Cards.”
After Jason broke his neck when he was fifteen years old, his father told him that even though he was in the hospital and couldn’t move 7/8ths of his body, he was still required to do his chores. Of course he didn’t mean that Jason was to mow the lawn and take out the garbage, but he was required to do certain things each day in the hospital to keep himself as healthy and happy as possible. Jason’s father knew that a positive mental attitude was going to be the majority of his battle and wanted to make sure that Jason had a fighting chance.
Some of Jason’s “chores” included reading a list of his strengths three times a day, listening to or watching something funny each day, and reading a list of his goals each day. Each of these “chores” were listed on cards that Jason read throughout the day. Instead of lying there, feeling sorry for himself, Jason’s father understood that if he kept his mind active with uplifting things, that his ability to overcome his disability would dramatically increase.
For this recent speaking event, Jason asked me to create 8 “Chore Cards” for the participants. Each card represented a principle that Jason taught about and is a physical reminder of our ability to overcome our own adversities.
As I think about this new year, even though I don’t necessarily set New Year’s Resolutions, I can’t help but decide how I want to improve my life in some way. I go through the resolution and goal-setting process often (click here for more on that subject) and as I do, I can’t help but let my mind wander to those days before I knew Jason – when he was fifteen years old and his father understood the power of having something to work toward.
Would you like a set of printed “Chore Cards” of your own? A little motivation and a lot of inspiration wrapped up in a bundle? We invite you to get your own set of Chore Cards from Jason – quotes that will look great wherever you decide to use them and make you feel good in the process. They make a fabulous gift for someone else or to give to yourself.
Click here to order your set of quotes from Jason and enjoy a little bit of love from the Halls while you are at it!