Limitless Monday – Don’t Like Mondays?
After a weekend of living in denial, reality would hit me in the face like a big smelly fish as soon as I walked through the door of the office.
I explained my predicament, and how it looked likely I would be unable to make payroll for much longer, and it was probable that I would have to close the doors imminently.
His response was, “You will find a way, you are a fighter. Stay positive, don’t give up.” We spent about thirty minutes talking about money-making opportunities and light hearted banter.
When the call ended I was inspired despite my seemingly dire circumstances. I was ready to take on the week. I realized he was right.
I would find a way. My friend Robert continued to call me every Monday morning for the same pep talk. When the world was going to shit, I was making money hand over fist.
Robert single-handedly got me through the financial crisis of 2008.
I wanted to provide a weekly dose of inspiration for people to start their week. To motivate, to mobilize, to encourage action.
But there are only a limited number of hours in each day. A weekly ‘newsletter’ has the potential of reaching a much larger audience and inspiring a lot more people than my one-on-one coaching business.
That is my aim for Limitless Monday.
Well, firstly it’s the name of my life and business coaching business, secondly it’s my favorite movie and lastly, that single word encapsulates what I believe we all have, limitless potential.
In a recent survey, 58% of Americans said Monday was their least favorite day, followed by Tuesday at 12% and Sunday at 9%. Monday has been my least favorite day for as long as I can remember until I had a revelation.
But before that revelation why did I believe Monday was a day worth fast forwarding?
No doubt the consumption of alcohol had a hand in this grogginess as well. That was reason number one. This deviation from my weekly routine probably also impacted Tuesday, my second least favorite day.
Whilst you can catch up on lost sleep, it’s a challenge for our body to fully catch up. Also, oversleeping can have a similar effect.
So, next weekend by all means have a few drinks but try to stick as close to your weekly routine as possible plus or minus an hour. Of course if you get up at 5am Monday to Friday you can probably change that to 7am as long as you are getting at least 7-8 hours. Sleeping for 10 plus hours at the weekend has to stop.
The second revelation:
It’s all about framing. Framing being how I was framing Monday’s in my delicate little head.
Because I had conditioned myself to regard Mondays as a day I dreaded, by definition it had to be that way. So I attempted to re-frame that idea.
If you get Monday right the rest of the week falls neatly into place.
Consider Monday as the building blocks of not only your week but also your future.
Make Monday the day when you undertake the most challenging endeavors.
Your hardest workout in the gym. A jujitsu class which pushes you to your limits. Undertake a project or task at work which you have been avoiding and requires above average brain power.
If you are a salesperson, make more than your average quota of calls. If you have a daily target of 200 calls, as soon as you open your eyes at 5am decide that today is the day you are going to smash that number, your goal, 300!
Rule the day! Start today.
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