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Monday Morning Motivation – Trials

(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.


This month I’m going to step away from drawing my influence from my friend Zig Ziglar, and go with a few topics that I have become exposed to over the past two years via my Iron Sharpens Iron mastermind group and the men’s group I attend at the Compass Church here in Naperville.  The topics for each week for this month will be trials, control, abundance and gratitude.  One thing that I have come to realize over the past few years is that moving from success to significance is all about impacting the lives of others.  Hopefully you’ll take away an idea or two that will help you to improve your life and the lives of others.


Most of us probably think it would be awesome to go through a single week without facing some sort of personal, professional, or spiritual trial.


Sorry!  Don’t mean to spoil your Monday morning with that bit of bad news, BUT it’s a reality.  Our lives are complex and challenging.  As such, we will face trials – big and small, easy and hard, and short and long.

The key is to EMBRACE the trials that we face and STOP fighting them.  You can try and make them go away all you want, but there will ALWAYS be another one around the corner.  Probably my favorite Bible verse is James  1:2-3:

  • Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

I recite this one over and over and over again when I face the trials that I DO NOT LIKE.

The key here is that by embracing trials joyfully and realizing that they provide MASSIVE opportunities for personal growth, you can turn a tough situation into one that you actually enjoy!

No, I’m not delusional or Pollyannaish.  Rather, I am simply embracing some very wise Words and reframing the tough situations that I repeatedly face.  And it makes a HUGE difference in how you get through the tough times!

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • What sort of attitude to you have about the trials you face 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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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.