So what kind of Monday do you plan to have today? When you woke up this morning, did you smile and say to yourself, or even out loud, “TGIM?” (Thank God it’s Monday) I doubt it.
Why hate Monday?
Many people hate Monday because they had a bit too much weekend and don’t feel so good on Monday morning. Others dislike Monday because they have to get up and go to a job they don’t like or, worse, hate. Some dislike Monday because they don’t like anything.
But there are people around us who love Monday. Yep! They like going to work, or taking the kids to school or doing whatever Monday morning means they do. Most of them like getting up on the other days of the week, too. They like Monday because they pretty much like everything.
Most of us fall somewhere in between.
Attitude makes the difference
What makes the difference? Attitude. And attitude is a choice. Attitude is a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways. What you believe—about work, about recreation, about responsibility, about life, about yourself—all go in the pie called attitude. What you value also gets baked in that pie. So if you value work you will have a different outlook on it than if you work so you can buy “stuff.”
The problem is that many people don’t really know what they believe and haven’t thought through their values. Their feelings are uncontrolled and all over the place and they tend to be reactive rather than pro-active.They don’t really know what they want and if you don’t know what you want, how do you know when you have it? Yikes!
Attitude is a choice
It’s hard to make a solid decision on your attitude and how you want to face your day whether it’s Monday or another day if you have no foundation to base a decision on. If you have no database it’s hard to get the data.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s never too late to think these things through and there’s no better time to start on a journey of self-discovery than today. Grab a notepad and a pencil or open a new .doc in your computer and write down the following headings. Later, begin to fill them in with answers that come from both your head and your heart.
Questions to ponder
1. What do I believe about:
- all those areas important to you
2. The things I I value most are:
3. . What do I really want in life?
You may be working on answers to those questions for a very long time to come and that’s o.k. As you become more self-aware the answers may shift and that’s o.k., too. As you begin working to answer these questions, more questions will come to mind. Put them on your list and come back to them later. Make working on these questions a daily challenge and now and then take a glance at your attitude and make note of any shifts there, too.
You may get the insight and the courage to make those changes in your life you need to make so that one of these days you can say with enthusiasm
Thank God it’s Monday!