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Monday Morning Motivation – Expectations

(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.


I’m all about setting goals and working hard to achieve them.  I’m also all about balance.  And that’s what brings us to today’s topic:  expectations.

Many of us harbor explicit expectations of both ourselves and of our family.  These often include:

  • How much money we/our children should make
  • What job we/our children should have – today and tomorrow
  • Where we/our children should live
  • How we/our children should act
  • And the list goes on and on and on

There is nothing wrong with REASONABLE, BALANCED expectations.  However, when we forget to frame expectations against either balance or reasonableness we can end up in a very dangerous place.

We can end up in a place where we start to focus on not on the blessings that have been bestowed upon us and our family, but rather on what is missing.  That can often lead to chasing the proverbial brass ring.  And that can lead to the dangerous situation of burnout.

I am not suggesting that you back off on your goals or that you do not give 110% effort in all you do.  What I am suggesting is that you evaluate:

  • Are my expectations reasonable and aligned with what is most important in my life?

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


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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.