Life’s too short to commit the best hours of your life towards doing something you hate!
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Monday Bloody Monday! The Monday morning blues are like a dose of the flu, either you have it, or you don’t. Although there isn’t yet a cure for the common flu, there is a cure for the Monday morning blues.
Each week, you’ll wake up on a Monday morning despising the ground you walk upon and feeling disgusted with life in general, or you’ll jump out of bed feeling ready to embrace the challenges ahead.
Contrary to popular belief, Mondays aren’t ‘bad’ days within themselves; it’s just that most people dread the thought of spending eight hours a day for five consecutive days, working in a role for a company that uninspires them completely.
I once heard it said, that “Life is work, and work is life”. Not true!
Work within itself isn’t a bad thing, in fact, it’s good to work in a context that you find fulfilling, but most people don’t, Most people despise what they do for a living. This is very unnecessary.
It’s easily understandable, why for most people, Friday is the best day of the week, and also why Monday’s suck so much!
Imagine what it would feel like if you were able to make a sustainable monthly income through working hard at something you were genuinely passionate about?
It goes without saying, that if this were the case, Monday mornings would never feel so daunting ever again. Every Monday would just be the start of another fantastic day and another adventurous week for you.
Imagine if you woke up each Monday morning, looking forward to the week ahead, excited about diving into your work to discover what difference you could make in the world this week. Imagine how life would be if the work you committed through during the week were more exciting than the time off that you have each weekend.
Imagine if, when each Sunday comes around, you no longer dreaded the start of your next boring week in a monotonous workplace. Monday! It’s not this six-letter word that’s causes most people the angst and dread which they experience each week, but it’s what these people choose to do in this timeframe that destroys them.
Life’s way too short to commit the best hours of your life, doing something for a living that you hate.
If you find that Monday threatens you in the same way that a sentencing date would threaten a prisoner, it might be a good time to evaluate your career and examine why you have committed to this course of action in the first place.
No-one else can make you do, say or feel anything against your will. If you work in a role that you hate, unfortunately, you were the one who signed up for this, and in the same way you got into it, you can also get out.
Most people are unaware of the extent of the choices that they have in life – especially with regards to the career path they follow.
You may have heard people say things like; “I hate my job, I can’t believe I have to do overtime this week.” “I wish I didn’t have to go to work today.” “I can’t believe that my boss is making me do this job that I don’t want to do” … etc.
Newsflash … You are in control of the choices you make.
Newsflash … You applied for this job, and also accepted it.
Newsflash … There are other jobs.
Newsflash … Some people earn a full-time living via eBay!
We all choose how we spend our time each day, whether this is doing something that we love, or whether it’s doing something that we hate. We all choose our job; our career, the path that we go down. No-one else is responsible for the choices we make other than ourselves.
If we choose to remain committed to a five-day work week that’s more like a prison sentence than a safe haven, there may be reasons for this, but regardless, the choice is still our own.
Mondays have never been attached to the dread and pain that most people experience each week. On the first day, God created Mondays, followed by a few other work days, followed by a day of rest. It’s good to rest to rest for at least one day each week.
The reason why most people need two or more days of rest each week is due to the tiresome labour and monotonously dull roles that they choose to commit to fulfilling.
For most people, the Monday morning commute feels like yet more drudgery, with the journey being more about dreading the final destination than the travel that’s required to get there.
At the end of each Monday, the average employee goes home to hit the bottle, hit the gym, the chocolate bars or the local bar, to attempt to erase the awful taste that Monday has left in their mouth. Today, more people throughout Western society live to work. Few work to live.
A few years ago, I was mentoring a young guy who’d made a series of unwise lifestyle choices that’d landed him in prison. During one visit, he told me about one of the other inmates who’d stashed millions of pounds away somewhere – waiting for him once his 20-year sentence was over. His wife, kids, and other family members were financially secure but were also living without a husband, father and son.
I know another guy who works in a top Edinburgh 24/7 dental practice where he earns at least £50K per year plus benefits and bonuses. In this same company, the directors stopped counting their money in thousands, many years ago. These dentists work long days, weekends, and even evenings, with rooms that they can sleep in (kind of like a home away from home).
The inmate vs. the dentist. Of course, there are countless differences between these two men’s lives. One lives in prison and the other in a 24/7 dental practice. However, the main difference between them is that even though the dentist gets out into his exercise yard more often, he might be in his prison until retirement. As for the inmate, he could be out of prison on ‘good behaviour’ within the next five years if he’s lucky!
Does your work seem like a prison to you?
Do prisoners suffer with the Monday morning blues?
Many people believe that the greatest prisons in the world are those that are built of cast Iron, reinforcement and concrete. However, throughout a lifetime of experience in dealing with human beings, I’ve discovered that the greatest prison that people can be kept in are the prisons of their very own minds!
The mind is the most efficient prison that keeps people enslaved. The prison of the mind keeps people trapped in the limitations of what they believe to be possible.
Most people genuinely believe that there is no other road to take in life, other than the one they are already taking. Most people truly believe that there are no other options in life beyond the ones that they are currently in. Most people think that there is no degree of truth outside of that which they have already experienced.
Most people think that Monday’s are the worst day of the working week. Most people don’t realise that they have the ability to choose something different.
If there were a key to unlocking and banishing the Monday morning blues, it would be this; find your passion and purpose in life, then commit the rest of your days towards pursuing that instead of doing a job that you hate.
What changes can you make today to beat the Monday morning blues and start moving forward in your life?
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