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Monday Morning Motivation – Satisfaction

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "satisfaction."

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.


Relax! I have NOT recorded a video of me singing the Rolling Stones single “Satisfaction.” Doing so would almost certainly result in a HUGE number of folks unfollowing me, as my singing voice is UGLY!

That said, Mick and crew did hit on a nerve with their hit “Satisfaction.” Many, many people struggle to find satisfaction—personally, professionally, and spiritually. I think that is because of one main reason:

  • They are listening to others way too much.

Advertisers tell us satisfaction awaits "if you will you will just do XYZ.”

As a society, we are assailed by messages each and every minute of each and every day. Radio, TV, billboards, magazines, emails, the internet, and countless other information sources constantly assault us with ideas about where we should focus our energy to achieve satisfaction. The messaging is normally packaged in a manner as to paint a better life “if you will just do XYZ.” The messaging works—to sell that is. HOWEVER, it doesn’t work in the area of satisfaction.

Satisfaction comes when the results of our actions align with our expectations.

Satisfaction comes when the results of our actions align with our expectations. Many people struggle their entire lives to grasp this powerful idea. Yet, if you embrace this concept, it follows immediately that you can modify your level of satisfaction by taking control of either your actions or your expectations.

I would argue that the more challenging of these two is changing your expectations—in contrast, advertising executives are pros at keeping you on point with what THEY believe your expectations should be.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Have you thought about how your expectations influence your level of satisfaction?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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