I often have heard the term that someone who didn’t have a rip-roaring start to their week, may have experienced
“A Case Of The Mondays”.
Personally, I thought that sounded kind of weird because I figure everyone has a little more than 50+ every year; so I am supposed to spend 1/7 of my life depressed or upset? Not happening. Seriously, do you wanna start your week off like the kid in this picture?
I have often viewed Mondays as a chance to actually get right, or get better at, what you didn’t master the week prior. Maybe it was to finish unsettled business. Who knows?
Mondays to be didn’t used to be that way, because I fell into the trap that if everyone said they were bad they must be – That was until I developed some strategies to help me, inoculate myself from every having:
“A CASE OF THE MONDAYS“!
My strategies for getting motivated aren’t silver bullets – there will absolutely be times where you simply can’t get motivated to do something, and have to do it anyway. In most cases though, I usually am able to use one of these strategies to break out of a motivational funk.
My Monday Motivational Mantra
- Find Your Own Mantra or Slogan. A mantra doesn’t have to be long. For me it is: “Get out and do something!” Move. Interact. Explore. Breathe. Take a chance. Stop voluntarily wasting your life. Stop complaining and saying you’re bored. It’s your life. Do something with it. You are what you repeatedly do – GOOD or BAD!
- Remember Your Peak Moments. I used to call this being in the zone. These are moments of triumph and they remind you of who you are and what you are capable of doing, what you are about, and why I am chasing your unique goals.
- SIMPLIFY! “Make everything count. Whatever you do or keep in your life, make it worthy of keeping. Make it really count.” Simplify. By making room in my day for the things I want to do, I am much more motivated to get started on them – and I don’t worry about a large to-do list that’s waiting for me.
- Nip It In The Bud – Don’t Let The Slump Start. Often for me it’s the little things that lead to a motivational slump. It’s skipping one workout to hang out with friends, then two. By the next week, in the back of my mind I’m already rationalizing why today is a bad day for the gym – there is so much momentum working against me that it’s hard to get started again.
Don’t fall into that trap – recognize procrastination and nip it in the bud. Take action right away, no matter how small the victory, and use that momentum for further tasks.
- Get Active. I’ve found that when I’m not exercising, my other goals suffer as well. I’m not sure where in the process the magic is, but there is absolutely some relationship between productivity, running, high-energy workout music and a refreshing shower afterwards.
- Remember This Moment Is Precious – And Only Here For Today. Sometimes when I’m not motivated to do what I know needs to be done, I remind myself that if I waste this opportunity to do something; there is a chance it will not get done with the precision it may need or ever get done at all!
- Dream. I believe the word “DREAM” is more liberating than “GOAL.” I enjoy having and day to day focus on my goals – they tend to be concrete, discrete and (for me) more short term. Dreams remind me why I’m focusing on short term goals – you may have a goal of visiting France, but you dream of traveling the world.
- Use Daily, Consistent Motivation. Think of this; if you are consistently and constantly motivation yourself with your actions it will take a lot more to derail you. Just think: If an object in motion stays in motion unless an equally opposing force directly opposes it. Basically, if you are only a little motivated then it will take only a little bit to un-motivate or derail you.
I hope this helps you recognize Mondays as they blessings they truly are. Talk to you soon.
I hope you found value in today’s post and I look forward to receiving your comments and connecting with you.
Talk to you soon!