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Real Legacy Is What You Leave In Your Children, Not What You Leave For Them
Episode 26122nd November 2022 • The Grief Code • Ian Hawkins
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In this episode, Ian discusses how a parent's true legacy is not the money they leave their children but rather the wisdom and life skills they acquire from them.

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  • Understanding that you're teaching children to make change, and aid is right around the corner if they know where to search or ask.
  • Self-empowerment comes from inside, not others.
  • The potential for positive change that is unleashed by each fresh source of inspiration is immense, and it spreads like a wave.


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Ian Hawkins is the Founder and Host of The Grief Code. Dealing with grief firsthand with the passing of his father back in 2005 planted the seed in Ian to discover what personal freedom and legacy truly is. This experience was the start of his journey to heal the unresolved and unknown grief that were negatively impacting every area of his life. Leaning into his own intuition led him to leave corporate and follow his purpose of creating connection for himself and others. 


The Grief Code is a divinely guided process that enables every living person to uncover their unresolved and unknown grief and dramatically change their life and the lives of those they love. Thousands of people have now moved from loss to light following this exact process. 


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Are you ready, ready to release internal pain to find confidence, clarity and direction for your future, to live a life of meaning, fulfillment and contribution to trust your intuition again, but something's been holding you back, you've come to the right place. Welcome. I'm a Ian Hawkins, the host and founder of The Grief Code podcast. Together, let's heal your unresolved or unknown grief by unlocking your grief code. As you tune into each episode, you will receive insight into your own grief, how to eliminate it, and what to do next. Before we start by one request, if any new insights or awareness land with you during this episode, please send me an email at info at the end Hawkins coaching.com. And let me know what you found. I know the power of this work, I love to hear the impact these conversations have. Okay, let's get into it.

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You know, Les Brown is one of my favorites. And he was talking about when about power were you gonna pass on to his children when he dies? And he said, If I'm about to die, and I've got a quarter left, I'm going to eat it. Rather than give anything to my child, my children financially.CVM was all about legacy, what you leave in them, not what you leave for them?

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What is the mindset you've helped them to have? Have you empower them to be better? Like I said yesterday, what sort of role model Have you been to them? Now, it just landed with me, it's such a pivotal time in my own journey. And also, as my children were getting to that age where they'd gone through that sponge age, right? They were they'd gone past that for those first seven years. And they were looking for leadership and they're looking for guidance. And I hadn't done a great job of that up until then I'd been an angry dad, I made plenty of mistakes, passed on a heap of patterns.

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And I've still been able to help them to create change. Now, like I said, yesterday, they haven't been without their challenges, they have certainly had to see different people at different times for their own wellbeing for their own health, physically, mentally, emotionally. And yet, through all of that, they've grown so much. And so much of that has come as we've taken control of so we've no longer trying to manipulate them and control them and, and force them to do what we think they should do. To put that pressure on them, even unintentionally, almost to the point where we've given them so much freedom that they are actually asking for us to give them more guidance.

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And for me, that's a great place for them to be because they can self select, then they've seen what their mum and dad have done in terms of getting healing work done, working on themselves, improving, changing how we were to how we are now stepping away from stressful jobs, to prioritize lifestyle to prioritize a well being and to prioritize our time with our children.

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And that the proudest moments for me have not come from them. Winning like achievements, where they've come first in suddenly, but rather when they've like my son won the Citizenship Award at primary school, like that's a proud moment because it means he's a good person that's doing his best for everyone else. When I see both of them being helpful to their friends, when I say both of them stand up for themselves and don't tolerate

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poor behavior from their friends and from other people in the world. When they don't tolerate people who are not being true to their values, people who may be picking on their friends, they stand up for them there that that's what makes me proud. And I'll give you an example of how

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pressure shows up. And you may identify with this. So I was one of those parents who was pushing my son to be better at sport. I was like I need to give him that that that push it I didn't have now all they did was create pressure on him that created an expectation for him well beyond what he was capable of.

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So what's been interesting over the last four years, he's gone on this journey of like, okay, well, you're on your own, you make your own choices. He self selected to play at a high level, he may representative teams, and just recently he's made a decision to step away from those teams. Both of his parents were disappointed in that because he's talented. But then

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When we see how his eyes light up, when he goes and spends time doing, what his real passion is, which is not football, there's animals. And the difference is just astronomical.

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Amazing, when my oldest, my daughter is just going through the, the HSC. So in Australia, that's the leaving certificate with zero pressure.

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Now, to be fair, she knows what she wants to do.

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But we haven't placed any pressure on her to do well, we've always just only ever said, Well, what's your behavior in your effort, they're the things that you can control.

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And again, like I've been so proud of watching her be support for friends who have been on the receiving end of a heap of pressure, either directly from their parents or indirectly, from those subtle elements of control and

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manipulation that as parents we bring, and I'm certainly not saying that I don't have elements where that's still the case, because these patterns are so hardwired, and we're still running different ones, so there'd be still elements where that shows up.

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What I do know is the more a role modeled, listening without judgment, listening without directing, without fixing, the more of role models my own improvement, the more they want to know about how they can improve themselves. And the less pressure they feel, the more empowered they feel.

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And the more potential they have to go and do what they truly want to do.

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Normal way things best, normally, things can have a better outcome for them, not what we think is going to help them to earn more money or to have more opportunities.

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But what they want to do,

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and when you are able to take that pressure off, then they'll ask for help. They'll ask for guidance.

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And it does require a leap of faith from you. It does require you to have the courage

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to let them direct their future, they will find their way. And if you listen long enough, they'll also be able to guide you on so much wisdom that they pick up without all the baggage that we're carrying as adults.

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It truly is game changing.

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And I grappled whether I would do this particular

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post this particular video, this particular podcast episode,

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depending on where you are

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taking this in,

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because there is an element of society is like weird, don't, don't go out there singing the praises of yourself or your family because it might look well might look something, whatever judgment you want to throw at it. And I nearly fell into that. But I'm sharing this, not to brag, but to open your eyes to what's possible, to hopefully inspire you to want to change, want to change you so that you can help your children to find their own way. So that's something that for me, I wasn't necessarily

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pressured into different different areas, but from the

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what I saw as the way forward, all of it, get over here to uni, because that's what everyone else does, it seems like the right thing to do.

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It may look back at how your upbringing was and you may think

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there were certain things that

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you were given a choice, but you knew what the reaction might be if you chose a certain way.

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Now I'm gonna be I'm gonna be honest, I feel blessed that I didn't feel that pressure from my parents. There were other different elements around control and so on which, which is pretty normal, right? Like they would have grown up at a time where that sort of hardline control and discipline was just the norm.

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I can imagine all of you listening to this or watching this would have had similar experiences,

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in some way, shape or form. So this is by no means a blaming on previous generations, it's just knowing that all previous generations had their challenges. But it's bringing back to again, the thing I talked about lots self control, what can you control here? What can you change to help bring in more

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for everyone in your world?

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Because to me, our greatest legacy that we can achieve is the behavior and the opportunities and the leadership that will continue to play out for generations, because we can continue to blame old patterns of behavior that had been playing out and playing out or we can create our new ones.

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All new elements of inspiration, have positivity of what's possible for the world that ripples out and creates massive amounts of change. That's legacy. That's the legacy I want to leave. That's the legacy that I was inspired to leave when I sat there at my dad's funeral, listening to all these wonderful things that I've done, have all of the leadership and all of the giving that he that he provided in all of his different communities.

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And just thinking about that now, what a gift from him.

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That he created that inspiration for me. And that's what I'm

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putting forth to you now. What sort of inspiration can you leave for your children to be better to want to be better? Not after you've passed, but now, right now in this moment? What can you do?

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That does require courage, but it does require some tough conversations with yourself and maybe a partner, but I guarantee you it will be totally worth it.

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I hope you enjoyed this episode of The grief coach podcast. Thank you so much for listening. Please share it with a friend or family member that you know would benefit from hearing it too. If you are truly ready to heal your unresolved or unknown grief, let's chat. Email me at info at Ian Hawkins coaching.com You can also stay connected with me by joining the Grief Code community at Ian Hawkins coaching.com forward slash The Grief Code and remember, so that I can help even more people to heal. Please subscribe and leave a review on your favorite podcast platform

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