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Monday Morning Motivation – Connection

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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.

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.


Over the last few years I have spent a lot of time studying and learning about relationships.  Learning about what leads to a strong connection between individuals.  For the month of October I’m going to take on the issue of connections.  I’ll be talking about the effect of the emotional mind, the rational mind, and the wise mind.  How validation ties all three of these together; and, finally, how when these four things come together successfully the result is that of connection.  My hope is that at the end of the month, you will have a better understanding of why you think and act the way you do, why others think and act the way they do, and how to leverage this understanding to improve your relationships – personally, professionally, and spiritually.

So we are in the final week of this month’s Monday Morning Motivation series.  This month I have tried to emphasize the importance of understanding the three states of our mind – emotionalrational, and wise.  Using this as a starting point, I suggested that if you could come to understand how to validate the individuals in your life, you would be more well positioned to connect with others.

This week, I am going to make the argument that connection with others is what life is all about; and in so doing, hopefully, give you a bit of motivation to go back and revisit/continue to grow in understanding of the four previous week’s messages.  If just one person reading this takes on this challenge, I’ll have made an impact.  I’ll have found significance.

I believe that God made us to connect with others.  We are social beings that thrive when we are in strong, healthy, happy, caring relationships.  We seek out connections.  And, when they are missing, we do NOT do well.

For the past few years, I’ve been wrestling with the issue of significance.  What exactly does the word mean and how do I get it in my life?  After a lot of thought, pain, discussions, and help I have come to the conclusion that significance is all about having the impact on the lives of others.

And to have an impact, you have to first have a connection!

Connection comes when you feel that the person you are dealing with understands you.   It comes when you are convinced that your life is better with that other person in your life than with them out of your life.

For some, connection comes easy.  For others, connection comes hard.  However, for ALL connection with others is necessary if we want to learn new things, grow as individuals, and live a life of significance.

Understanding that we all have emotional, rational, and wise parts of the brain, is critical to developing connection.  Being able to validate what others are feeling and experiencing is equally important to developing connection.  And, because I  believe that significance follows from connection, I believe that we all are better served by learning about what makes those around us tick.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Do you know enough about others, to develop deep connections that will lead to significance in your life?
Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.

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

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