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Monday Morning Motivation – Reconciliation

(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.


Last month I decided to change things up and move away from Zig Ziglar for inspiration.  This month I opened up my list of “Ziglarisms” and the first word on the list was “forgiveness”.   This started my mind turning and led me to decide on Mistakes, Self-Forgiveness, Consequences and Reconciliation as my next four topics.  To me these all plug into what I’d call the “relationship process”.  That process where we relate to our self, our kids, our spouses, our friends, and all of the other people we encounter in our lives.  We all go through this cycle repeatedly.  We make mistakes, we deal with the issue of self-forgiveness, we face the consequences of the mistake/deal with how to embrace self-forgiveness, and eventually come to a point of reconciliation.  For these four weeks, I’ll be taking on the topics of mistakes, self-forgiveness, consequences, and reconciliation.

The last few weeks we have dealt with some tough topics:  facing your mistakes,forgiving yourself, and enduring the consequences.  No doubt, some are wondering if I have forgotten what “motivation” means with my Monday Morning Motivation!

Nope.  I’m just a pragmatist that likes to lay the groundwork for how to improve.  And sometimes that means dealing with challenging topics.  Mistakes, forgiveness and consequences are critical to understand AND embrace.   They are critical to our growth.  They are critical to getting us back to a place of balance and health – with ourselves and with others!

The payoff for facing these three challenging things is reconciliation – or the restoration of key relationships.  While facing our mistakes, figuring out how to forgive ourselves, and facing consequences is NOT fun, we can draw the energy and motivation to endure these challenges when we possess a vision of restored relationships.

Nothing worthwhile in life is easy.  It takes hard work and time.  And that is why it is so, so important to ALWAYS keep your eyes on the prize.  Too many get stuck, don’t face the hard work, and are not able to make it to the other side to claim their reward.   That’s too bad as we need only focus on what Stephen Covey says to get through the tough times:

  • All things are created twice.  First mentally.  Then physically.

Our minds are our most powerful possessions!

So as I close this four week series, I am going to challenge you to endure the hard work of facing your mistakes, forgiving yourself, and enduring the consequences that may come if you want to put things back together – personally, professionally, or spiritually.  I’d suggest that there is a Book that paints a pretty clear picture that there is nothing too big in life to overcome.

To help you to swallow this tough pill of sucking it up and pushing through the tough times, I am going to toss out this week’s question.  Think about your vision of the future when things get tough.  Think about the end goal that you would like to see.  Think about what power you possess in your mind.  And ask yourself this question to provide yourself with a little bit of extra motivation:

  • What would reconciliation look like 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.)

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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.