Monday is simply magical, isn’t it? It’s when all of your excuses stop. It’s when you suddenly start taking actions that align with your goals. It’s when you start your journey towards (better health, losing weight, eating more vegetables, starting that business, sticking to your budget, etc).
There are 52 Mondays a year. I would bet my house that every single one of those Mondays includes someone who is “starting today”.
It’s similar to January 1st in a way. That’s also a magical day where we gain superhuman strength and overcome 23 of our worst habits. I’m obviously exaggerating on the 23 number, but have you ever asked someone what their goals are for the new year and they list several life-changing, habit-altering goals?
It’s Too Much.
Truth be told, I don’t hate Mondays. In fact, I think it’s good to pick a starting date to change something – to focus on something.
The problem I have is the weekend before the Monday. It’s almost like we make a deal with ourselves. We say, “Ok, on Monday I am quitting sugar for good, but it’s not Monday right now! Time to live it up and eat what I want because Monday is just a few short days away!”
In a sense our “Start Now Mondays” follows “Stuff My Face Saturdays and Sundays”.
Again, I don’t really have a problem with that per se, but I already mentioned that there are 52 Mondays a year and that means that there are 52 Saturdays and Sundays too. This is where the Myth of Monday comes in.
We may be 100% on point with our goals every single Monday but more often than not it’s only because we feel so guilty from the weekend and guilt is never a motivator for lasting change.
That’s why somewhere around Wednesday or Thursday we start to cave into our old ways. Then it’s Friday and then “Stuff My Face Saturday” shows up. So we’re forced to start again on “Magical Monday”.
Maybe not even this coming Monday. Maybe we won’t start again for 5 more Mondays. Who knows?
So What Can We Do to Stop This Vicious Circle?
Start now and don’t expect perfection.
Seriously, you don’t need a Monday to start working towards your goals. If you want to eat healthier start with the very next thing you put into your mouth. If you want to have better relationships with your friends then stop reading this and call them. If you want to be more active then give me 25 jumping jacks right now.
Don’t allow a detour to stop you in your tracks. Realistically you’re going to have pizza again sometime in your life or you’re going to get so busy that you forget to call your high school friend that you’re trying to re-connect with.
It’s okay and we’ll never ever be perfect. Never. Not you. Not me. So let’s stop holding ourselves to an impossible standard.
The secret to anything is to be clear on what you want, why you want it, and then creating a plan that sets you up for success in the long run. Detours are bound to happen so include that in your planning. This way when a summer full of weddings, birthday parties, and vacation are upon you… you have a plan of attack.
Forget Mondays. Right now is magical. Right now is your starting point.
About the Author:
Lynn Coffey, founder of TheRootLife.com, is massively interested in why humans are the way they are. What makes us do the things we do? What makes us stay in unhealthy patterns? She built this website to share her ideas and views with others seeking to make sense of this world and in that journey… to make this world a happier place.