People like to complain about Mondays… well, most of them anyhow.
But not a Monday girl, or anybody with her mindset.
So, what is in a Monday girl’s mind?
Her mind is the paradox that is a Monday.
In perfect Monday fashion, she sometimes drives innovation to the point of procrastination and thinks to the extent of leaving no room for thought; she recognizes this and strives to fix it.
However, she also finds the beginning of opportunity at the end of experiences and attempts to lead with those whom she wishes to follow. She finds wonder in the mundane and seeks peace from the chaotic. Her play is her work because Ms. Monday refuses to get lost with the weak.
Is that not a Monday?
So girl, or guy, I want to help you get into this Monday mindset with me, using these paradoxical truths.
Innovation needs action
Poet William Wadsworth simply stated one of the most complex concepts to follow when he said, “To begin, begin.” Obviously, right? Not quite as research indicates that 20% of people consider themselves chronic procrastinators. Oregon State University suggests that people typically procrastinate for one or more of the following reasons:
1. they possess an unmotivated mindset
2. they lack the proper skillset
3. they fear failure
4. they lack self-efficacy
5. they lose interest
6. they feel rebellious
Each of these rationalizations come from thoughts the person creates within their own minds. Your most brilliant idea is only a dream until you take action with it and thought is only productive until it becomes obsessive.
If you find yourself with innovative ideas remaining mere dreams, post these three quotes in a place you look often:
“Thoughts are like an open ocean, they can either move you forward within its waves or sink you under deep into its abyss.” ~ Anthony Liccione
“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” ~ Clement Stone
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Bruce Lee
Remember, the best remedy for your inaction, whatever the cause, is simply taking action! Mondays don’t wonder if they can lead the work week, they just do it.
The end of that is the beginning of this
The Mayan culture provides a perfect example of understanding the end as a beginning. Do you remember the armageddon panic as we approached December 21, 2012? As the author of this article puts it, our culture’s millenarianism viewpoint clouded peoples’ overall understanding of their interpretation of time. Rather than signaling a catastrophic change, it was meant as the turn of a cycle, sort of the way we know a year from the revolution of our Earth.
How does this translate to everyday life?
The Monday haters do so because they see it as an end to their weekend vacation rather than the opportunity for production and growth. If you stop dwelling on the fact that Monday gives you an alarm and takes away your free time, and start appreciating the day for what it is, a fresh start to your week, then you will walk to the drawing board with a clear, innovative mind.
Mindfulness practice is a fantastic way to transition into this mindset; doesn’t ‘Mindful Mondays’ have a ring to it!?
Leaders know who to follow
Paradoxically, leading begins with following.
To lead professionally, you need to research some of the top dogs in your industry; subscribe to their websites and blogs, follow them on Instagram and Twitter, listen to their podcasts, attend their events, and read their books. Also, find a personal mentor from your field; Forbes offers three reasons to do so in this article.
Don’t stop there though. Saturate your life with inspiring people. An easy way to start doing this is to ask the top three most inspirational people that you know personally for the three people who influence each of them and follow them, and then follow who they follow… Eventually, you will have a network of greatness.
Here is a great list of role models to start with :
- Gabby Bernstein
- Tony Robbins
- Shawn Achor
- Susan Cain
- John C. Maxwell
- Cheryl Hunter
- Mastin Kipp
- Mark Zuckerberg
Rember, Monday only leads the work week because it follows Sunday; and how great are Sundays?
“Cogito ergo sum”
As Rene Descartes pointed out, we think therefore we are. And expanding on this notion, we see the world not as it is, but rather as we are.
Meaning, you can let yourself view Monday as a tediously boring day or you can choose to see Monday as a leader who set the bar for the rest of the week; Monday is whatever you make it.
In the same sense, you can convert imperfections into uniqueness, failures into learning experiences, and difficult times into moments that strengthen you.
View your world as you want it to be, not with delusion, but with eyes that see beyond fear.
You choose happiness
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” This is an integral part of a Monday mindset. Because suddenly the gap between your weekend and the work week melds together when your play is your work.
The nonprofit research group, Conference Board, suggests that 52.3% of people feel dissatisfied at work. Are you one of these people?
Know that you do not need to dislike your job, because like your parents said growing up, you can be anything you wish (if you try.)
Just as a Monday refuses to get lost in the week, you can refuse to stay lost with the weak. Take charge.
Your mindset determines whether you’re the sheep or the shepherd. Let your passion drive you instead of your fear, and you can choose happiness.
So, that’s a glimpse into a Monday girl’s mind. I hope that this peek inside helps you prepare for and strengthen your Monday mindset!
In the comments, I’d love to hear your favorite aspect of Monday.