Ugh, it’s Monday. This weather is just terrible. Is it Friday yet? I can’t wait for the weekend...I heard an unusual amount of this type of dialogue last week, and it got me thinking about thoughts, actions, and the way we subtly shape our perspectives.
I heard some variation of the “work and weather sucks, is it the weekend yet” talk enough times to be forced to actually think through it. Sometimes we spew negativity without realizing it. It’s built into our casual rhetoric. Work, weather, weekends.
It’s like we’ve forgotten that it’s an incredible privilege to even be alive, sentient, pondering the fact that we have a job to provide for ourselves, that our most precious resource is falling from the sky, that the weekend will inevitably come—it always does.
We get lost in the monotony of casual conversation without even realizing it steals a small amount of joy and motivation. It not only affects our moods, but it shapes what we do with our time. We think poorly, we perform poorly.
How much differently would you act if your mindset was,
“I’m so grateful I have a job and five days ahead of me to earn money. It’s a privilege to not only survive but to thrive, because much of the world is struggling. The weekend will arrive like it always does, but I’m going to live as if today is the only guarantee I have. Rain or shine, it’s amazing to simply exist.”
Cheesy, yeah, but I promise it will serve you and others a heck of a lot better than the default mindset so many are trudging around with. I’m as guilty of the work-weather-weekend talk as anyone, but today is Monday, and it’s a fresh start and I have a renewed perspective.
As a previous president of our company once said,
“Today is my favorite day, and right now is my favorite time.”
That may not be literally true for you today, tomorrow, or any day for the next few years, but I assure you if you change your thoughts from work-weather-weekend to a right-now-is-my-favorite, slowly but surely you’ll see a shift.