It’s something that we all have had to face, but some of us face it by choice. Marlee Matlin has ignored defeat. For those who are not familiar with her, she is an actress who won an Academy Award (Best Actress in a Leading Role). She is the only deaf performer to win that award. Marlee has been quoted as saying, “When I was younger I knew I was deaf. I couldn’t accept it.” That is very powerful to me. She simply did not accept it. It is so easy for many of us to face defeat and accept it, whatever that defeat may be. We not only accept it but we also invite it into our homes and we let it dwell with us for years. We make it feel comfortable, we feed it, we sleep with it, we wake up with it, and we go to work with it. In other words, we nurture it. Sometimes when it even remotely looks as though the defeat is diminishing, we hold on to it because we are so used to it. We don’t want to let it go. This behavior and mindset is debilitating and it needs to stop. When you don’t entertain defeat, you win. It’s that simple. Consider this: all the times that you have failed, you have not failed but in fact you have LEARNED. When you don’t focus on the things that cause you to struggle and instead you rise up to the occasion and make the best of what you have, you will achieve greatness. Don’t accept defeat. Ignore it and work on your strengths. I went most of my life not knowing that I was suffering from hearing loss. I lived and continued to press forward. It wasn’t until my hearing loss took a serious toll on some of my communication abilities that I got hearing aids. But what did I do before that? I frickin' lived, that’s what I did. I am PERFECTLY ABLE to do anything because “I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength that I need" (Philippians 4:13). Break up with your defeat today and declare yourself perfectly able and free to be the person that God intends for you to be.