Monday Mood.

I love Mondays. 

This wasn't always the case.  Once upon a time, Mondays were the bane of my existence.  Fridays & Saturdays were always so amazing but by Sunday afternoon, a feeling of dread started to creep in.  I remember staying up late on Sunday nights in over to avoid the inevitable.  Eventually, the amount of anxiety that invaded my body on Sundays became unbearable. So I decided to implement a plan of action to turn the entire situation around.

Mondays used to symbolize the start of another highly stressful week.  It meant another 7 days of responding to other people's requests and demands.  That was probably the root cause of my anxiety.  Essentially, I focused on the demands and stresses of the week.  Repeating this process over and over again is detrimental and it will eventually take a toll. 

Nowadays, I take on a completely different approach to Mondays and it's life-changing. 

Like I said before, the bulk of the stress that I experienced came from the fact that my time would be dedicated to fulfilling the demands of others.  In order to bring balance to the new week, I realized that it was critical that I was driving the direction of my week, not just participating in it. 

Now, for the most part, I'm in control of my week.  This is where my love of Mondays stems from.  But it all began when I made the decision to insert elements of my desired intentions into my week.  If you aren't happy with your current situation, you have the power to change it.  Even if it feels completely out of reach.  All it takes is a systematic, consistent approach to how you execute your week.

I worked an incredible amount of hours for my employer.  It seemed almost impossible to try to build an income generative business at the same time.  But I did it.  And, looking back, I credit the lack of discretionary time as one of my greatest assets.  If I held a traditional 9-5, I think I would have continued to inch my way towards freedom for many more years.  But, because time was scarce, I had to take a different approach.

I knew that I couldn't dedicate endless hours towards nurturing my business so I had to really focus on identifying 1-3 specific objectives that moved my business forward week after week.  That was all I needed.  Each week, I'd look at everything that needed to be done and then selected 1-3 tasks that I'd accomplish before next Monday arrived.  Even if I was only to accomplish a single item because of a hectic week, I was still excited because I was one step closer. 

Suddenly, Mondays weren't so dreadful.  Instead, they offered yet another opportunity to get at least one step closer to my desired reality. That's all it took to build momentum.  Eventually, all of these small efforts paid off and everything changed for the better. 

If you're battling a case of the Monday blues this morning, I invite you to determine if this feeling stems from being unsatisfied with your present situation. If so, please know that you have the ability to alter your current circumstance and Monday is the perfect opportunity to put a plan into motion. The situation won't change overnight, but that's ok.  As long as things are moving forward from week to week. That's what really matters. 
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