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Monday Morning Motivation – Enthusiasm

(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.


(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)

Do you prefer to be around individuals that are enthusiastic or would you rather surround yourself with folks that resemble Eyore from Whinnie the Pooh?  Those of you that chose “Eyore” can stop reading and go back to living a life of misery!  For the rest of you…

Enthusiasm is an incredible gift that some people seem to possess in a great abundance.  However, just about all of us find SOMETHING in life that we are enthusiastic about:

  • Our kids
  • Our spouse
  • Our faith
  • Our friends
  • Our job
  • Our hobbies

The question is, why can’t we carry that same enthusiasm from one area of our life to another?  While I don’t claim to have THE answer, I would offer one highly probably contributor:

  • We have difficulty carrying our enthusiasm from one area of life to another due to our unrealistic expectations

Let’s face it, we all like things to go great, be easy, and feel good.  And when we’re dealing with our kids, spouse, faith, friends, jobs, or even our hobbies sometimes it is just plain hard and no fun at all.  But I’d venture to say that even in the WORST of times, you can step back and reflect and see the beautiful things in your kids, spouse, faith, friends, jobs, and hobbies.  As soon as we see those things, our attitude changes and our enthusiasm returns.

Unfortunately, all too often we do NOT step back and reflect.  Our unrealistic expectations get in the way, our enthusiasm wains, and we are NOT pleasant to be around.  You know the routine “He’s just having a bad day, give him some space”.

Well folks, we can certainly ask for space from others.  But the reality is, the only space we really need is that is between our two ears.  Enthusiasm is a choice and it is shaped by our expectations.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • What are you doing to ensure that others see that you are filled with enthusiasm?

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

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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.