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Monday Morning Motivation – Self-Control

(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.


Too often I have let other’s behaviors influence how I feel; and, in turn how I act.  Too often I have abdicated self-control in favor of unrestrained emotions.

This is NOT a good thing!

Self-control requires several key things:

  • Awareness of your environment
  • Awareness of how your environment makes you feel
  • Recognition that those feelings do not necessitate actions
  • A decision on what action you will take
  • Conviction to take that action

In almost any situation we face, an outsider can see what should be done.  But yet in too many instances we fail to exercise self-control; and, as a result, we go down a less than optimal path

My favorite quote from Jim Rohn comes in to plan the topic quite nicely

  • We must all suffer from one of two pains. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret

When we exercise discipline (self-control) we normally find ourselves in a better place.  Conversely when we do not maintain self-control we often find ourselves in less than desirable places.

So what’s the lesson?  Simple.  We all have free will to make choices in our life.  We ALL can exercise self-control.  Unfortunately we do not always do so.

That brings me to this week’s question:


  • What is keeping you from exercising self -control?

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.