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Monday Morning Motivation – Scribing

(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 past weeks, I was stealing shamelessly from Hal Elrod’s “The Miracle Morning”.  In the book, Elrod suggests six things that you should do to start each day.  He suggests that you will be massively more productive AND happier as an individual if you take on his challenge and perform these six things at the start of each day.

I have incorporated all six into my routine – although one of them I shift to later in the day AND one of them I don’t do as regularly as I should.  And, NO, I am not going to tell you which ones these are.

Hopefully you can take away an idea or two over the next few weeks that will help you to end 2017 strong and start 2018 even stronger. Have an awesome week!



The final pillar of Elrod’s “Miracle Morning” is “scribing”.  What he wanted to say was “journaling”, but it did not fit the nice SAVERS acronym so he went with scribing!

Scribing involves taking the time on a daily basis to sit down and write out our thoughts and feelings.  If you have never tried this, you will be amazed at how beneficial this activity is.

When you scribe (journal) it is NOT important to be grammatically correct, to write about anything that others care about, or to write about anything in particular.  Rather, it only requires that you take the time to let your thoughts flow out of your head and onto the paper.   The act of putting things down on paper – or into the computer – is very freeing.

Fair warning, it is NOT easy to start journaling BECAUSE we make it too complicated.  It IS easy if you quit out thinking yourself and just start writing.  What you will find is that over time you will develop your own style and rhythm.  And that is EXACTLY what Elrod is encouraging through his “Miracle Morning” – taking the time each day to develop.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  •    What is keeping you from journaling (scribing)?

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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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.