How do you feel on Mondays? Does your day begin with dread, overwhelm, and heaviness? Or does your Monday start with excitement, enthusiasm, and eagerness?
I will not deny that some people face tough work environments, challenging coworkers, and frustrating projects. You could likely find a roomful of people to commiserate with you about any difficult work situation. Does commiseration make you feel any better? In my experience, commiseration made work feel worse.
When you focus on the challenging and frustrating aspects of your day, you will likely encounter more of the same. Can you recall a day when things grew worse and worse as the hours went by? The more we focus on what we don’t want, the more of it we get.
Start your Monday with an attitude adjustment. Here’s how to do it.
1. Identify the feeling that comes up on Monday. (Maybe you feel dread.)
2. Ask yourself, “What story am I telling myself as to why I feel this way on Mondays?” (The story could be that you dread another long week of working without recognition for your effort.)
3. Determine how you would rather feel about work. (Excitement is a possibility, but if you’re starting from a feeling of dread, it could be easier to seek a feeling of indifference.)
4. Ask yourself, “What new story could I tell myself about Mondays that would make me feel the way I would rather feel?” This requires a little brainstorming. Write down some new stories and try them out. Here are some examples.
- Even though my boss doesn’t show it, I know she appreciates my hard work.
- I have the ability to make my day better if I want to.
- There is only so much time in the day, and I will get done what I can and then I will take care of myself and leave at 5:00 p.m.
- Even though this isn’t my dream job, it’s a great stepping stone to what I really want to do.
I often facilitate client attitude adjustments for tough work situations during coaching sessions. I estimate that ninety percent of my clients show up wanting an attitude adjustment about work at some point while we work together. As a coach, I love helping clients adjust their attitude; it makes their work life better, and their friends and family take notice, too!
After one attitude adjustment, a client said to me, “Wow! Imagine if I showed up with this attitude every morning!” She saw the power that she had to change her attitude and shift her entire day by telling a new story on her way to work.
Your attitude determines how you experience the world. – Sanaya Roman
Adopt a new mindset, even if you do it for a few minutes during your commute on Monday. Start your work week on a positive note. The rest of the week will thank you for it.
What are your “new stories” to adjust your attitude on Mondays?