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Monday Morning Motivation – Adaptable

(Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially)

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

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


It is often the case that those expressions/sayings that we hear over and over again harbor a ton of truth.  One that most everyone will recognize is:

  • Everyone likes change. No one likes TO change.

Being adaptable is at the heart of this topic.  Whether we like it or not, change WILL come our way.  While we would like to have a nice, easy, predictable life, it is simply NOT reality to expect this will happen.  Our situation and circumstances will change.

And we will either adapt or be left to struggle as the world around us changes.  We all KNOW this.  And we all struggle with change.

Adaptability requires several key things:

  • Accepting that the environment/situation we are in has changed
  • Accepting that we can no longer continue on with our same actions
  • Accepting that we will have to learn new skills
  • Accepting that this will be uncomfortable
  • Accepting that even as we change, the future is not guaranteed
  • Realizing that IN SPITE of ALL of these factors, we must either adapt or we will be left behind

And yet, it is SO hard to move on from our current reality.  That is because we are wired to look for safety and stability.  Change involves risk and risk involves danger.  Better to stay “safe” then to risk adapting.

But the reality is ONLY those that are adaptable will be able to survive if and when the environment changes.  And, we are VERY good at being adaptable when the situation requires it.  We simply do NOT give ourselves enough credit for our ability to do incredible things that often seem beyond our capabilities!

So what’s the message?  Simple.  Quit worrying about the change that you have to make and accept that you have the perseverance and talent to handle almost anything that life throws at you.

That brings me to this week’s question:

  • Are you underestimating the degree to which you are adaptable?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.


(Note:  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.  For the next several months I’m going to be drawing from Zig Ziglar’s book “Over the Top”.  It’s a great source of inspiration and wisdom and I would be remiss if I didn’t give him credit up front for the motivation)

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At F5 Financial Planning we focus on helping individuals and families find balance between faith, friends and family, fitness and finance.  We make sure that they have the financial freedom to enjoy those things in life that are important to them.  And while we believe the left-brain facts and data are critical; we work with our clients to get them in the right state of mind to focus on the goals they want to achieve.

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Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

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.