Training Your Monsters

Last night, I went back to college. Well, not really, but I did go see Monsters University, the newest movie from Disney – Pixar. The movie was fantastic! I honestly liked it more than Monsters Inc. The story is about when James P Sullivan, aka Sully, and Mike Wazowski meet in the Scare School at Monsters U, and through a crazy turn of events become friends.

Do yourself a favor if you go to see the movie, and stay until the last credit rolls! I know one of the animators that animated a scene where one of the main monsters, Art, runs off and says, “I can’t go back to jail” (which was one of the best one liners in the movie). That funny moment only took up maybe 10 seconds of screen time. When I got back home from seeing the movie, I asked him, “How long did that take you to animate and get that scene just right.” His answer kind of blew me away. He said around 2 weeks! Two freakin’ weeks. In that moment, I learned why I’m not an animator…I am not that patient.


The movie begins with young Mike Wazowski seeing the scare floor of Monsters, Inc for the time. Seeing his “ah-ha” moment and what inspired to chase his dream of becoming a scarer was great. I am sucker for people discovering what they are designed to do. I had really high expectations for MU, and it did not disappoint!

As we sat there and waited for the movie to start, I began to think about what are some of my monsters. I realized that I have a few that show up almost every day. As we waited for a movie about fictional monsters going to school to begin,  I realized that I have some monsters that need to go to school. They need training every day. Paul talked about this in 1st Corinthians 9:24-27 (CEV)

“You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever. I don’t run without a goal. And I don’t box by beating my fists in the air. I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I won’t lose out after telling the good news to others.”

I leaned over to my wife and mentioned this thought. Now, I am sure she could make a much longer and exhaustive list than this one, but here are some of the monsters that need be reminded every day that they are not in charge.


The Monster of Busy

This nasty beast is my arch nemesis! I feel like this one is a she because this one nags (Im gonna get in trouble for this one). It is so easy to be busy. 90% of the time if you ask me how I am I will probably tell you I am busy. Busy does not always mean productive. It just means busy. Busy is a liar. She tells you are doing the right thing by doing anything rather than what you should be doing.

The Monster of Fear

The fear of failure. The fear that someone else could do this better. The best way to train this monster is just to press on; he will go away. Jon Acuff has called us to punch fear in the face. I say back over fear with your truck and move on.

The Monster of Stuff

I think this is an American fear. Because standing in a 10×10 hut with a hole in the ground in the back yard those in third world countries call a bathroom and a stream they called water fountain and bath really opens your eyes to the fact that stuff is not that most valuable thing you posses. I’m always blown away by those with nothing material posses far more than I do. Stuff can be a domesticated pet that you enjoy, but can also be a monster that rules and ruins your life. Stuff is fine when it serves you, but when it masters you are being mastered by the wrong thing!

The Monster of Me

It’s not about me. I love how Rick Warren started his best selling book of all time with that. My “me” monster is nasty. In fact, there is a monster in Monsters U called “Terry & Terri Perry.” It’s a two-headed monster. My “me” monster is defiantly two-headed! One day, “me” shouts you are so awesome, and the next day, you are not good enough. I think we all deal with that monster.

The Monster of Ideas

This is one that that I about have caged and handled. I get tons of ideas – most of them not when I am looking for them. A few nights ago, a friend was tweeting that they were bummed out that inspiration comes after midnight. I have learned that ideas require stewardship, to whom much is given much is required. When ideas come, and I don’t have time time to deal with them, I cage them in Evernote, and then when I am staring a at blank screen, I can go back and uncage them so they play on my terms. When I don’t become master of the ideas that are given to me several things can happen: they either keep me up all night,  distract me from the task at hand, or they are just gone all together.

The Monster of Talent

I am good at a lot of stuff. Being able to do something and even being good at it does not mean you should do it. I am crazy good at artist development. I have taken musicians from garage bands to the Grammy awards. That does not mean that is what I meant to do. In fact, I know I’m not suppose to do that anymore. I love how Bob Goff puts it, “Stop doing what you’re able to do and figure out what you were made to do – then do lots of that.”


Speaking of what I am made to do, I know I am made to encourage you. This week I will be launching a few things to encourage you. Please be sure you are following me on Twitter for the latest updates.

What are some of your Monsters that you need to send Back to School?

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