Have you ever dragged your tail into the office on Monday morning, going immediately to the company coffee pot (previously made by a more motivated individual) to commensurate about, “Blue Monday,” with your fellow employees? I have and it’s not something I’m proud to admit. The first time I noticed myself doing that, I was sure it was entirely because I’d gone to work for the wrong company. Since I don’t believe in coincidences, I couldn’t blame it on the company when I noticed it again with another firm.
The common denominator of course was me and my attitude. While it’s true I’m not by nature a cubicle dweller, and can get antsy if kept indoors for long periods of time, there are ways to work around that problem if you have your head on straight.
A good friend from years past, Tim Shawd, was the first I heard telling folks, “Make it a great day.” When I first heard that, I thought it funny. But the more I thought about it, I realized how very true it was. Today, and any day, is only going to be as good as you make it. If you’re not actively working on improving your life, don’t expect to see improvement. If you’re not actively working to improve your relationships, don’t expect to see improvement. And by “actively” I don’t mean reading another book, listening to another CD, or posting another affirmation on a sticky note and calling that progress.
Actively in this case means taking action; making the changes, though possibly painful, that will effect the outcome you desire.
As a case in point, there’s lady that is part of one of the groups I’m in that meets for coffee. Every time she sees me she tells me about a diet she’s read about and about a nearby gym she’s thinking of joining, and how this is the year she’s really going to do something about that extra 100 pounds she’s packing. She tells me all this as I sip my green tea and she puts away a latte or two, plus a sweet roll or two, and then takes a couple of cookies home with her.
I guess she thinks driving by a gym is all it takes to work off a little weight and in her case, maybe that’s so. She’s so afraid of going inside that maybe just seeing the building makes her sweat off a few pounds. The bottom line here is that she is neither active nor serious about pursuing what she claims is her goal. I often wonder how much weight she’s gained in the year I’ve known her and listened to her tell me her stories.
The key to a good life is simple. To have a good life requires having a succession of good years. To have a good year, requires a succession of good months. Good months require good weeks, and to have a good week, the very best thing you can do is start off with a, “Motivated Monday.”
As my buddy Tim would say, “Make it a great day!”