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Monday Morning Motivation – Optimistic

(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.


Today might be the easiest blog post I’ve ever written – being optimistic is something that has always come easily for me and is at core of who I am.  Thank you Mr. Ziglar for including it on your list of characteristics that we should all pursue!

To me, it’s “obvious” that you MUST be optimistic.  With optimism comes the belief that good things will follow.  And who in their right mind would NOT want good things to happen?  In my mind Stephen Covey captures the spirit of being optimistic beautifully in his quote:

  • All things are created twice. First mentally and second physically

Sure some things just “happen”.  But a lot more things happen based on the power of faith which is foundational to optimism.  They happen when you create and believe them in your mind.

They happen when you believe.

Now the pessimists out there will say that being optimistic is nothing more than being naïve.  How sad.  Sure bad things happen.  But they’re a lot MORE likely to happen if you picture them happening – see Mr. Covey’s quote.  The pessimists amongst us create a self-fulfilling prophecy by focusing on the negative versus the positive.  Fortunately for every yin there is a yang.  And being optimistic has just as much power to create reality as does being pessimistic.

That brings me to this week’s question:

  • Do you need to be more optimistic in your way of thinking?

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.