Do you remember when you used to wake-up early on Monday mornings and were excited to go to work? Probably not! But surely you remember the last time you said “Thank God it is Friday.” If you are like many people, you no longer look forward to going to work and dread Mondays. After all, the weekly routine will absorb your time and give little, if any, space to be creative and have fun.
The following are five steps to make Mondays fun again. Think about it as a ladder where you should take one step at a time. Make sure you have one foot firmly in place before proceeding to the next step. Missing one step could cause you to fall to the bottom of the ladder. However, unlike other ladders, the reward of having fun at the top step is enough motivation to stand up and try again.
Each of the following steps will be discussed in separate newsletter articles:
- Define your purpose
- Explore your potential
- Create a solid plan
- Develop the right attitude
- Have fun
Now buckle up, and let’s start the journey to your future Mondays that are filled with motivation, fun, and achievement.
Step 1: Define your Purpose
Purpose is the core of all actions. Living without a pre-defined purpose is like traveling 10,000 miles without a roadmap. You will advance without knowing where you are going. As Yogi Berra, the famous ballplayer, said, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”
Just for a few seconds close your eyes and imagine how your life will be 40 years from now. Imagine your achievements and feel the moment. Think about your achievements and disappointments. Think about the actions that you undertook that made you feel happy and those that you shouldn’t have done. Now, open your eyes and take out a piece of paper. Make a list of what was important and not so important in your life. This list will help you to identify which are the key values that generate those actions. You can only develop a strong purpose in life once you have a firm grasp of vision and values to provide the inspiration.
A defined purpose will allow you to perform in the face of danger, move firmly towards your goals, and give you the necessary motivation to overcome the obstacles you will encounter in your journey to success and happiness.
- Write a list of your five most important values (e.g. balance, family, fitness, integrity, money, power, stability, wealth, wisdom, accountability, etc).
- Write a vision of your life using at least three of your most important values developed in step one.
“Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”, Helen Keller
Once you have crystallized your focus, you are ready for the next step on the ladder to having fun on Mondays again. Stay tuned for our next Activate newsletter when you will learn how to “Explore Your Potential” and find more tips and suggestions on how to accelerate the performance of your business and your career faster and with less effort.
As an Executive Coach, I help individuals and organizations develop better business plans more rapidly and produce more satisfying results. I work with my clients in all areas, including business, career, finances, time management, productivity, and relationships. As a result of coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths.