Years ago I dreaded Monday mornings! Why? Because I viewed them as the day that interrupted the bliss of my weekend. I remember waking up with a headache that wasn’t caused from a hangover. But from a deep depression of having to go to my dreaded place of work and grind for another 5 days before the weekend euphoria set in again.
I spent years drudging through Monday morning, clock watching and lip pursing as I put my lipstick on in the ladies at 4:15pm awaiting the 4:30pm end of day close off. Coat, hat and bag all lined up at my desk in a row like the Olympic champions at the starter line waiting for the starter gun of the final relay. The memory of the Boomtown Rats hit single ‘TELL ME WHY I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS’, a UK number one hit for four weeks during the summer of 1979 was etched into my subconscious and it chose to surface every Monday morning at daybreak.
Why was I so despondent on Mondays? To tell you the truth I couldn’t answer this question years ago. At that time I had absolutely no idea why Mondays were filled with the blues. It seemed to be a common phenomena of most of the people around me, so I took that to mean it was a universally acceptable emotion.
So what’s changed?
Well first of all I began to realise that my Monday Morning blues had very little to do with it’s place on the calendar and so much to do with me being out of touch with my purpose and what I really wanted to do in life. I absolutely love Mark Twain’s quote, “The 2 most important days in your life are the day your were born and the day you find out why”. Once I came to terms with this reality in my life I was well on my way to having Meaningful and Magnetic Monday’s.
I began to search for jobs that gave me some sense of meaning and more and more Mondays became a great day on the calendar to reflect on the past week and make improvements, chart the course for the upcoming week, and get things accomplished and completed.
That was good while it lasted but I knew there was more. I realised that meeting my deadlines and goals were great and purposeful. But adding value and significance to every person I meet is much more worth it’s weight in gold. I stopped seeing Monday’s through the lens of a victim and started seeing them as the perfect opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of the people in my environment that week.
Now Monday’s are Magnetic because I’ve changed my attitude toward them and instead of moaning about my Monday, I'm now encouraging others on how to make the most of theirs. I much prefer people being drawn to me by the magnetism of enthusiasm, instead of them avoiding my then negative Monday funk that I carried around with me before I connected with my true purpose in life.
So if you’re singing the blues every Monday, it may well be time to start thinking about what you can do that brings meaning and purpose to you and to others.
Take some time and try and answer this question? What would you like to be doing if you knew you couldn't fail?
I promise you, once you find the answer to that question your Mondays will never be the same again.
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