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Monday Morning Motivation – Hesitating

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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.


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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.

He who hesitates is lost. No doubt you have heard this.

I did a bit of research on the origins of this phrase, and it’s really not totally clear where it comes from. The best I could figure out is that it goes back to Roman named Cato that was alive around 200 BC. This is not surprising here, as a lot of what is accepted as common wisdom does NOT have a clear history/seems to have been around since the dawn of time—hence common wisdom!

I believe that most of us know what we should do, but we struggle with taking the right steps. I will NOT go into why that is the case—that is a HUGE discussion that you don’t need to read on Monday morning! What I will do is offer that doing the right thing is “easy”—you just take the first step, then another, and then another. In short, you quit hesitating and act.

Simple? Not really. There are a lot of things that are difficult to begin, and our minds can get tied up in knots and cause us to be (seemingly) unable to act. The interesting thing is that once we take the first step—once we stop hesitating—the next step is easy. (This concept is what is behind Newton’s first law of motion!)

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Isn’t it time you quit hesitating and took that first step?

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: Lindsay Henwood on unsplash.com


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