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Monday Morning Motivation – Reward

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.

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.


A lot of times life is framed in the context of “risk and reward.” In essence, if you want to get to a better place, you need to push through some sort of challenging situation.

In general, I buy into this concept. However, the place where I have begun to challenge my way of thinking is in WHAT a “reward” is. At different times, I have personally viewed all of the following as rewards:

  • Praise from my parents
  • A cookie (chocolate chip preferred!)
  • A raise
  • A new job
  • A child
  • Peace of mind

What is interesting to me is that over time my definition of what a reward is has changed massively. In fact, it is STILL changing, and I suspect it will change each and every day until I leave this Earth.

As my definition of a reward has changed, it follows that my definition of risk/my interest in certain activities has also changed.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Have you figured out what rewards are important to you?

Have a great week! Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 



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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