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Monday Morning Motivation – Recovery

By: Curt Stowers

Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially

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

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.


At one point in time a few years back, I had a string of well over 500 days where I either swam, biked or ran. It got to the point where I REFUSED to NOT exercise. My wife told me how stupid I was being. I ignored her. She was right.

I’d made it NOT about the fitness, but about the “streak.” And in focusing on the streak, I’d forgotten that the streak was all about supporting my health. And exercising that many days in a row is NOT healthy.

We need to make/take time for recovery—personally, professionally, and spiritually. While it’s critical to push our limits and get out of our comfort zones to see growth, failing to make/take time to recover is downright foolish.

Growth happens when we spend time in recovery. For me, my avoidance of recovery is a control thing. If I’m recovering, my mind tells me that I’m not doing anything, and, hence, I’m not in control. Conclusion: This can’t be right! Well, it is.

The “do-nothing alternative” IS an option—one that is often the hardest to make, as we are wired for action. But sometimes doing nothing is a conscious choice to do a PARTICULAR something which goes by the name of nothing. Most all of us know this. But most all of us still struggle with this.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Are you making time for recovery?

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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