Monday Motivation: Beast Mode

Monday’s: Its often considered the worst day of the week. People HATE Monday and love Friday. Why is that? In order to find out, I think you have to dive deep into human nature.

In order to get where you want to get in life, you have to work for it. Nothing beats hard work. Often times you will have to outwork others (competition) for it. There won’t be anyone to give you all the answers or tell you how to get there. You will have to forge your own path. You have to invest in yourself, and it’s up to you to take responsibility for own life/career, no one else can do it for you. Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you get a gold star. There are just as many people you don’t know who are working just as hard, if not harder! It’s very disappointing because I’ve know several individuals who have had such potential, but let complacency set in. This results in them staying exactly where they are.

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”- Thomas Jefferson

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This is a great quote, since it sums up perfectly what so many people fail to realize. You have to make intentional sacrifices to get to where you want to be in life. No one accidentally becomes successful, they have to work at it.  If you want to loose weight, you have to work out. If you want to save money, you have to cut back spending. If you want a better job, you have to invest in yourself! I was recently reading a blog post by Madison Kanna and it really inspired me. Not only did she not have a formal college education (not that it matters), but she didn’t have an coding experience either; however, that didn’t let that stop her from perusing her goal of becoming a developer. Instead of finding an excuse she found a way. No Excuses.

Personally, I’ve taken this to heart. I’ve been gearing up to obtain my next industry certification, the CCNA. I know that it’s going to be difficult, and it’s since it’s networking it’s something I’ve been intimidated by for some time now. I know no one is going to hold my hand through the process. It’s going to be up to me to face it head on, and ask for help. Thankfully there’s a ton of people who are more than willing to help if you ask, so long as you are leading the way.

Dave Ramsey has a great quote:

“Too many people have the attitude of Thank God it’s Friday, Oh God it’s Monday. They have no plan, living for the weekend. You are like a rat in a wheel, no plan. These people don’t progress forward, and if you aren’t growing, you are dying.”

“People loose their focus when they are afraid. Focus on the fear and the pain instead of success of result of working through the fear.”

This is something that is very true in today’s world since most people can’t look past the week that they are in, they can’t wait for it to be Friday, and they let fear defeat them before they even try. We have all been guilty of this at times, but it’s more important than ever in today’s world to find work that not only challenges you, but that you enjoy.

I strive to have the mindset of Thank God it’s Monday, it’s a new week where new opportunities await! 

Once you find work that you love, resist the temptation to get side tracked by the “little things”. There’s no such thing as a perfect job.  Instead of wasting energy on complaining about things you can’t control, let it go and spend time and energy focusing on what you can control.

These are a few items I’ve come up with:

  1. Make Goals and be intentional in following them.
  2. Show up (even when you are tired, it’s cold or raining) and work hard. Just remember, in business or in life, there are tons of people working just as hard, if not harder.
  3. Move forward with your goals, no matter how insignificant they may seem. The progress forward is what’s most important.
  4. Revisit your goals and monitor your progress.
  5. Don’t worry about the little things that you have no control over.
  6. Surround yourself with like minded people (think the same thoughts on success).
  7. Get uncomfortable, learn new things and don’t become stagnant.
  8. Try not and take things personally.
  9. Have a sense of urgency.
  10. Just Do IT!

People don’t care, and that’s hard to accept at times. In the day to day busy that we call life, people become selfish. They could care less about you, unless it negative impacts them. Most of the time, people don’t mean to, it’s just a fact. People will surprise you, recently I’ve been surprised by a few people recently. We are all human, and if there’s one thing we know for sure it’s that people will let you down. Therefore, it’s really important to invest in yourself since at the end of the day you can only count on yourself. So at the end of the day, when people ignore you, disrespect you, relish in your failures or mock your success, just remember it isn’t worth wasting energy on. Focus on what can be controlled, and the rest will work itself out.

When it comes down to it, motivation from has to come from within. I believe this is a huge road block (along with fear) that keep people from moving forward within their life/career, since they wait for others to magically fix their problems.

Having said that, it isn’t all doom and gloom. There are tons of individuals who love to help others, and champion their success. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of others. There a several that have really poured themselves into helping me. My challenge to myself and others is to help others. Share you knowledge and be genuinely happy for others in their success.

Who’s excited for Monday?!?