Getting the Mind into Gear…TGI Monday…
Monday is a great day for many people. Not everybody sees that, though. A lot of people think Monday is a burdensome day, filled with the onerous task of getting back into the work mindset.
And there’s the nub of the problem, isn’t it?
It isn’t Monday that makes itself formidable, it’s how we see it, much the same as everything else. How we see it determines our response to it. There is an example of the principle that life isn’t about what happens to us, but about how we respond to what happens to us. It goes for Mondays, bank balances, job prospects, personal aspirations, obstacles, and just about everything else.
A man I know decided that he was going to make Monday a kind of special day for himself. Now, he had no intention of dashing into a frenzy of activity and placing some desperate incitement on himself. What he wanted to do was alter his view of Monday because somewhere in his past, he had gathered, and accepted, that Monday wasn’t a good day. What he was dealing with was his acceptance.
He had the wit to see that the problem wasn’t Monday, the problem was how he viewed it.
He started by committing to a rapid and easy exercise routine on Monday morning, to be done every morning. The emphasis was on the ease of the exercise. He wasn’t an exercise fan and was doing this as an exercise in discipline. So, he did three press-ups, four sidebends, five squats and breathing exercise he’d learned, to cleanse the lungs and fire up the metabolism. The whole lot took him two minutes. As he and his mind and his body got familiar with the routine, he reduced the time to an efficient one and a half minutes.
After a week he felt a bit better physically, and deliriously confident and creative mentally.
Because he’d committed to the regularity, and did it every day, and it was HIS decision to do it, and he saw it made a change to his well-being, productivity, and the one thing he’d set out to do, how he felt about Mondays, he now views Monday as his ‘Live’ day, the day on which he restarts, revitalises, and re-invigorates his life.
Mondays are still Mondays. But not to this man. His Monday is a different concept.
That’s the power of association, viewpoint, reframing, attitude. Call it what you want, it’s how we see anything and how we direct ourselves to respond to it.
That ability is within every one of us.