You know a Champion Dad (person) when you see one. They walk with a certain methodical confidence. When they speak everyone listens and they have a magical charisma about them. They seem unshakable yet completely happy and flexible in the moment. No matter the circumstance, they are grateful for the moment and emit a humbleness that is infectious.
Below are the five traits that we should all aspire to. They will be listed soon on our Vision page. I have posted them here to bring awareness to the traits that a Champion Dad embodies. These are the most common traits that I have found with many of the strong, cool, hardworking dads that I have encountered. These are not listed by importance as they all carry the same weight.
Leadership: A Champion Dad sets an example for his children (and everyone) to follow in such a way that it spreads to all those who he comes in contact with. As such, he makes everyone feel significant and important in every interaction. He looks for the best in others and his communication inspires trust. Humility, honesty, and integrity is his normal mode of operation.
Confidence: A Champion Dad is able to take action without hesitation and will do what needs to be done in the moment. His confidence naturally rubs off on others as he is able to diffuse negativity around him. Criticism and feedback is seen as information only and not as an attack on character. His confidence is unshakable even in times of uncertainty. He owns who he is and has a strong positive self image.
Gratitude: A Champion Dad says thank you. They are able to express sincere appreciation of others and is able to count their blessings often. As such, they create an environment where others become grateful. When things don’t seem to go their way they remain open minded and try to see the larger story being told.
Regulation: A Champion Dad exercises control over self. They priotize the needs of the family over personal enjoyment, especially when the greater good is involved. They are able to create new habits for the expansion of self and others. They manage time effectively while balancing life’s many priorities. They manage finances and budgets responsibly. They naturally create a desire for self-discipline in others.
Joy: Through their encouragement of others they have a positive impact on everyone they meet. They tend to be happy go lucky by nature and are willing to try new things to experience life fully. They are the rock, or the person called when things go wrong. They are able to endure hardships with a sense of playfulness. Their actions speak to a win, win, win (expansion of self, expansion of others, expansion of community).
For me, I am strong in some of these but am working on others. Which ones resonate within you? Which ones are you working on? Remember, life is not a game of being perfect. This list is about awareness and to give a some goals to aspire to.
Photo provided by Champion Mom Meaghan Arnold