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Monday Morning Motivation – Clarification

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "clarification."

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


There is an old expression about what happens when you “assume.” Namely that it makes an “aXX” out of “u” and “me”!

And yet while everyone can relate to the above, far too many people are hesitant to admit that they do not understand and to ask for clarification. To me, this topic of clarification deals with one of two issues:

  • We are afraid to ask for clarification because we think it will make us seem “stupid,” as we should know the topic at hand (fear).
  • We are so full of ourselves in thinking that we know everything that we find clarification unnecessary (pride).

Why not ask for clarification?

Basically, we either think we are too smart or too dumb, and, in either case, we hesitate to ask for clarification. The irony is that rarely—if ever—is asking for clarification seen by others as a negative.

Clarification helps us face both our fears and our pride.

That’s because when we ask others for clarification, what we are really doing is asking for their help and input. When we do so, it builds connections. And that is a very good thing, as those connections help us to face both our fears and our pride.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Why are you hesitating to ask for clarification?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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