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Many sit on the sidelines of life because we are nursing our wounds. But you have to shake off the self-pity and the discouragement and get back into the game. Sometimes you have to play in pain.It’s easy is to have a good attitude and pursue our dreams as long is everything is going our way. But what about the difficult times when things are not going our way. It’s easy to lose our passion and our dreams when we are hurt.

I heard a story this week about a football player that had a broken hand and bruised ribs. He was a defensive lineman. The trainers wanted him to sit out, but he wasn’t about to sit out. He had a big cast on his arm and wearing a special vest to protect his ribs. He was all bandaged up and looked like a mummy. A reporter asked him how he was feeling. He said, “It’s a little painful, but I’d rather be in the game in pain than sitting on the sidelines watching.”

You can’t let injury, that hurt, that failure, cause you to sit on the sidelines. Do like this player, bandage up what’s hurting and didn’t work out and get back into the game.

Life is hard and we can get so caught up in ourselves and live in self-pity. One of the best things you can do when you are hurting is get your mind off your problems and go help someone else who is in need.

Personally, I have gone through enough personal and professional life issues to just sit on the sidelines nursing my wounds. But I chose to bandage my wounds, continue to play and stay in the game!

Look forward to hearing from you. Share with us your story and what you are doing to stay in the game. Or tweet using #Mentorplus

Don’t forget to drop me a note. I love to help you where I can.


Greg Johnston
The Mentor+ Project and Hitch+

A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.” – Simon Sinek

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