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Monday Morning Motivation – Self-Starter

(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.


Do you like to stay in bed when the alarm goes off?  How about waiting one more day until you hit the treadmill?  Or what about putting off the work around the house until next weekend?

Some of us are real “go getters” that can dive into a task seemingly without any motivation. But is that really the case?  Do these super-humans that are always getting things done do so naturally without any motivation?

I’m going to argue a big “NO” here.  You become a self-starter when you realize that the only one that can control you is you!  Excuses are convenient.  Blame gives us an easy out.  Self-pity allows us to rationalize that we deserve to feel bad.  But the reality is YOU make excuses, YOU place blame, and YOU wallow in self-pity

Still reading?  Good!  That means that I’ve likely struck a chord with you.  It means that you ARE a self-starter.  You probably have just had a run of “false starts” where you didn’t get out of the blocks as smoothly as you would like.  But that is just fine

Because we each have been given the gift of life AND the gift of free will.  We each can choose to start whatever we would like at this moment.  And, for those of you that have not heard it before, it comes down to my favorite quote from Jim Rohn:

  • We must all live with one of two pains. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret

That brings me to this week’s question

  • Are you ready to become a self-starter NOW at this exact moment?

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)

Blog posts from this past week:

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.