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Monday Morning Motivation – Identify

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "Identification".

Hopefully, the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week. Please feel free to forward the newsletter along to others who you think would benefit from the content.


Living in Chicago, I take my life into my own hands every time the topic of baseball comes up. I am a proud, life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan!


When you identify as a Cardinals fan in Chicago
In Chicago that is DANGEROUS, as a very large portion of the population identifies with the Chicago Cubs. I will spare you the FACTS on which is the wise choice if you want to associate with the BETTER team, as experience has shown me that this is rarely a fruitful endeavor.


Many ways we identify in life
The Cubs-Cardinal rivalry does a great job of highlighting how we all have a tendency to identify with certain things that are near and dear to our heart. And while sports allegiances are important, they pale in comparison to many of the other ways we identify in our lives.


Core beliefs and identity
What is most important, in my opinion, is to recognize that each and every individual we encounter has a core set of beliefs that they hold to be true—a core set of beliefs that they identify with.


Showing others love, no matter what
And it is critical to building strong relationships with others that we acknowledge their identities. It does NOT mean that we share their perspective—I’m NEVER going to be a Cubs fan! —but we do need to show them love, no matter what their belief set is. (For Cubs fans I also show them sympathy, but I don’t want to beat that horse too hard!)


That brings me to this week’s question:

  • What do you identify with?


Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning.

Have a great week!


About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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Curt Stowers

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Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.