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Monday Morning Motivation – Failure

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April 30, 2018

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.


Failure


For the next couple of months, I am going to draw motivation for my Monday Morning Motivation from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. You can find a summary of this awesome book here. This book is one of my all-time favorites as it takes on the topic of “resistance,” which you might think of as that strange force that makes it difficult to accomplish things in life. Pressfield does an awesome job of describing what resistance is, discussing how to overcome it, and framing it in the context of a larger power.

I may be a bit weird—actually I KNOW I am a bit weird!—but I really enjoy failure.

Perplexed? I hope not after you spend a few minutes thinking about this topic. When we fail, it is because we took on something. Something that was likely beyond what we normally do. Something that required us to stretch ourselves. Something that helped us grow.

See, to me failure is NOT about the event. It is about the growth that comes with facing a new challenge and finding out what did NOT work, so that you can get closer to what WILL work. It’s the “half full” approach to life versus the “half empty.”

If you want to reach new heights in life, you will experience failure. But if you keep striving and moving, failure will ONLY be an experience and NEVER a definition.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Are you willing to endure failure for the sake of growth?

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.) Photo credit: Olivier Fahrni on unsplash.com


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