Category Archives: Commitment

Why Is Failure Not an Option?

How many times have you heard others say, “failure is not an option”?

Perhaps you’ve said it yourself. What you and they really mean is that failure is not an acceptable outcome to them in this situation.

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Many times we face seemingly do-or-die situations – a positive outcome means we win the big pot of gold and public acclamation, a negative means we leave with nothing. But either way, we’re still who we really are, and those who believe in us, still believe in us.

If failure is truly not an option, than that means we will always succeed, no matter how difficult the task, how great the risk, or how little we have prepared ourselves for success.

The world doesn’t work that way, of course. Success only comes with effort. So in truth, failure is always a possibility, and therefore, while it may not be our choice to fail, failure is always an option.

Or to look at it another way, if we really are not permitted to fail, than we’d better not try at all. Continue reading


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Five Minute Friday: Present

This week we gave a wonderful present to our little ones. It is a custom-made sandbox with fort, tire swing, two ropes for climbing and a climbing wall. Brad and a friend started on it Monday morning. After we all watched the delivery truck unload the materials, I gave the kids a book, “Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site,” that I had wrapped in gift paper decorated with construction equipment. Before lunch I’d read the book to them, twice.

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I Just Don’t Have Time!

 A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Have Time  about keeping the commitments we make, being accountable to others, and about being good time managers able to prioritize the demands on our time.

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If there’s never enough time to do what you need to do, then there must be too many things that you think you want to do.

 Today I want to talk about time commitment, or more correctly, time over-commitment.

Sometimes we really don’t have time because we’re over-scheduled, over-committed, over-taxed, and generally, overwhelmed. We make too many commitments, we fail to plan, and we overestimate our abilities and underestimate the requirements of the projects we take on. The result is that we run from one thing that demands our attention to the next. Continue reading

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