Five Ways to Hit the Ground Running.


There’s plenty to dread about Mondays. If you’re in a challenging situation, your stress probably began Sunday afternoon just thinking about today.

What would happen if Monday could become the day you get a redo from whatever didn’t go exactly as you hoped last week?

Here are a few ideas on how to shake up the focus of your Mondays.

  1. Today matters.

Consider the value you bring to this Monday by waking up. What you offer to your colleagues, a close friend, your workout buddies or your family. You make a difference in someone’s life. When you live as if what you do matters, it does. And so do you.

  1. It’s about you.

A wonderful reminder to release what you can’t control as you jumpstart the week is Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”

  1. Find one thing to be grateful for.

Just one thing. The sunrise. The hassle-free commute. Your job. A snow day. Your dog. Your cat. The barista at your favorite coffee shop.

  1. Eliminate negative words.

Just for today, what if you did your best to spin everything you say from a positive framework? Something as simple as “that’s fine,” instead of “no worries.” This is a great mental challenge, see where it takes you.

  1. Review your Monday.

Being totally neutral, examine what happened throughout the day. How did that work? What might I do differently? Where will this take me? What did I learn that will make tomorrow better?

And if for some reason today winds up tougher than expected, get a good night’s sleep and remember, there’s always Tuesday.

You’ve got this.