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Fall Forward - Mindset Monday

Friday night, past my normal bedtime, I was lying on the floor of my living room studying. I commit to at least 15 minutes of studying each night. After 15 minutes, if I am not absorbing the content, I will usually listen to a podcast or check out the latest YouTube video. Last Friday, I needed something mindless to quiet the flurry of thoughts from the week.

I turned on the YouTube channel and what I found perked me up and made my heart sing. The inspirational Fall Forward video, narrated by Denzel Washington, shows highlights of the accomplishments of Eliud Kipchoge. You may or may not know Eliud Kipchoge, but he is the only person alive to have ever completed a marathon in less than two hours.

This video touched me for many reasons. It is a reminder that no human is limited. We put limits on ourselves by what we believe we can achieve or what we allow ourselves to try to achieve at the risk of having to fall forward. If you do not try, you will not know if you can succeed. If you do not try, you will never know your limits.

I have fallen forward so many times in life. Fallen forward into knowledge. Fallen forward into greater strength. Fallen forward to better understanding my own limits. Yes, every time I have fallen forward, I have failed at something that I was attempting to achieve, but as Denzel shares in this video, I did not fall back, and I did not stop trying. Nor should you.

Fall forward.

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you have never done.”

– Denzel Washington

I am stronger every time I fall forward and so are you. Yes, I have scars and I have shed many tears, but these are lessons that have made me stronger and wiser. As you approach the challenges ahead of you today, tomorrow, the next month or the next year, remember it’s ok to fall forward. It also takes more energy to look back or fall back than to look ahead.

Fall forward. It is all a matter of your mindset.

Be well,



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