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Monday Morning Motivation – Wise

(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.


Over the last few years I have spent a lot of time studying and learning about relationships.  Learning about what leads to a strong connection between individuals.  For the month of October I’m going to take on the issue of connections.  I’ll be talking about the effect of the emotional mind, the rational mind, and the wise mind.  How validation ties all three of these together; and, finally, how when these four things come together successfully the result is that of connection.  My hope is that at the end of the month, you will have a better understanding of why you think and act the way you do, why others think and act the way they do, and how to leverage this understanding to improve your relationships – personally, professionally, and spiritually.

How do you make wise decisions?

Weeks one and two this month dealt with the emotional and the rational sides of our minds respectively.  While some may argue that they do NOT have one or the other of these, the reality is we all possess both sides of the mind.

We also are all different; and, accordingly, will handle each situation quite differently.  Unfortunately, many of us will handle a number of situations we face VERY poorly as we rely too heavily on only one side of our minds or the other.

The key is to combine BOTH sides of our mind.  When we process a situation through our emotional side, consider the implications via our rational side, and determine a course of action that both makes sense AND we know we can handle emotionally; we then come to the place many refer to as the “wise mind”.

Unfortunately many of us are UNABLE to find a way to combine the rational and emotional sides of our brains.  Some of us get stuck in the pure analysis rational side.  Some of us get stuck in the pure feeling side of the emotional.  ONLY when we are able to tap into BOTH sides are we able to make wise decisions.

In many cases, what happens is that we THINK we are in the rational side when we are still firmly planted in the emotional side.  Remember back in week one, I mentioned that we filter everything through our emotions.  This filtering sometimes can short circuit our rational side. 

That’s why it is so important to pay attention to that old cliché and “get in touch with our emotions”.  This is NOT touch feely stuff.  This is the reality of neurons, synapses, and all the chemicals that run around in your mind when you are facing an emotional situation.  It is the reality of recognizing that awareness of our emotions AND factoring in these emotions to our rational plan is absolutely critical.

The individual who can master both the rational and emotional side of his mind is wise indeed.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Are you willing to take on the challenge of operating in the wise mind?

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.