After a great three-week vacation spent visiting family and friends in the U.S., today was my first day back at work – Magical Monday!
As a coach and veteran of the corporate workplace, I know very well that not everyone shares the idea that the beginning of the work week can be full of possibility and cause for happy anticipation. I often hear people complaining about Mondays, in fact, I used to be one of them. I also encounter many whose dissatisfaction with their work extends to cover every day of the week, as they struggle through their forty-plus work hours and live for the weekend.
Struggling through the work-week and living for the weekend can cost you a great deal, because you are living out of sync with your values and your purpose. I have linked here to a great article on burn-out, one of the many faces of persistent dissatisfaction and disconnect with the work you do: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/burnout/WL00062
I have heard (and on the path to the life I love, probably used) every argument about why it is so hard to make the choice that frees you to be who you were meant to be and live a life of purpose, passion and success on your own terms. Any argument you can come up with will have some merit, they are ALL valid to some degree. The most powerful argument against settling for anything less than your ideal life is that you were meant to be significant, you matter, you have a purpose and when you live your purpose another piece of the great design falls into place and only you can make that happen.
Perhaps you are thinking, “what does my purpose have to do with my job or my career? I can live my purpose on the weekend.” This is true and if you are happy with that, then you can reframe your Monday-morning mindset to support you and how you concentrate on fulfilling your purpose on the weekends. If you still find yourself dreading the start of every week and perhaps every single day, you are not being true and authentic to yourself and “how you do anything, is how you do everything”, so it is sure bet that your self-deception is not limited to your work-life. Take a closer look at your relationships, your health, and your finances; where else in your life are you settling for less than you really want?
Honestly, all I can say, is that limiting your “real life” and being your authentic best to a maximum of 48-hours on the weekend is no way to live and YOU HAVE A CHOICE. You can choose to love what you do or leave it and do what you love. You can choose to live the life of your dreams or simply bide your time, until your time is up. That really seems like a waste to me. Living a life of purpose and passion WITH purpose and passion, isn’t always easy, especially when you are just starting and trying it on, but it is so worth it! All you have to lose is the Monday-blues and what you have to gain is your awesome, would-not-trade-for anything ideal life! Imagine, from now on, it’s “Magical Mondays” for you. How fantastic would that be?!