My father gave me similar advice when I was going through some tough times in my college years. Schoolwork, lack of money, poor relationships, lack of sleep, excess drinking - were all taking a toll on me and I was stuck in a rut.
He noticed this and sat me down on the front stoop where most conversations between us took place. He referenced Michael Jackson's - Man in the Mirror:
I’m starting with the man in the mirror;
I’m asking him to change his ways;
And no message could have been any clearer;
If you wanna make the world a better place;
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.
(Mind you this was 2002ish, so I had no clue why he was bring back 1988, but apparently he thought it was relevant to times).
Either way, it worked, he made a connection and it hit home. Make sure you're teaching your kids that if things aren't going well, make a different choice. Go down a different path. Stop doing the same thing expecting a different result.
I'm not one to quote Shakespeare, but "the choices we make, dictate the lives we lead".
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