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Monday Morning Motivation – Thoughtful

(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.


Thoughtful.  Thoughtless.  “Full” or “Less”.

What a HUGE difference.

Today Mr. Ziglar gives us “thoughtful” as the word of the week.  I have considered this word often – REALLY!  Always I come to the end part of “full” and compare/contrast it with the alternate ending of “less” in my mind.

When we care about someone, we keep their wellbeing at the forefront of our mind.  Our mind is literally full of good thoughts about them.

Conversely, when we become self-absorbed, the thoughts of others often become less.  And we say, do things, and think about things that are not considerate.

All too often, I have become too thoughtless and not enough thoughtful.  Fortunately, having come to realize and meditate on this, has allowed me to do a much better job of taking my thoughts captive (for those of you inclined to refer to the Bible, you may like 2 Corinthians 10:5).  The impact in my life has been massive.

Consciously considering WHY you are thinking of things and not just WHAT you are thinking about has a transformational effect on how your mind works.  Taking your thoughts “captive” allows you to filter what does and does not “live” in your mind.  It is a case of out with the bad and in with the good.  And, as a result, you become fuller of the good things and less full of the bad.

You can literally train your mind to think in new and much more productive ways.  You can become full of the good thoughts and have less of the bad.  You can move from thoughtless to thoughtful.

That brings me to this week’s question:

  • What is keeping you from being more thoughtful?

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.