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Monday Morning Motivation – Facing

(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.


For the next couple of months, I am going to draw motivation for my Monday Morning Motivation from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. You can find a summary of this awesome book here. This book is one of my all-time favorites as it takes on the topic of “resistance,” which you might think of as that strange force that makes it difficult to accomplish things in life. Pressfield does an awesome job of describing what resistance is, discussing how to overcome it, and framing it in the context of a larger power.

It would be wonderful if our entire life were made up of fat puppies and fluffy kitties. It would be fun, cuddly, heart-warming, and pretty much awesome. But, I am guessing that most of our lives have a few obnoxiously loud and annoying alley cats and a few barking, angry, scary looking dogs in them.

And I’m guessing these nasty critters/situations are NOT going away anytime soon.

We all face challenges. Trials are a FACT of life. The key is whether we allow them to define us, OR if we face them head on and use them to help us grow. Please don’t misinterpret. I am NOT for a moment suggesting that trials are “fun” in the moment or that they are easy to deal with. Far from it.

What I am suggesting is that they are real, they rarely go away on their own, and—we choose to step forward and face them—we can emerge stronger, better, and happier individuals. The bottom line is, like it or not, we must come to terms with facing the realities in our lives that we do not care for. When we do, we end up in a much better place.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Are you facing reality in your life?

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.) Photo credit: Michael Mroczek (

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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.