10 Strategies to Beat the Monday Blues

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 | 0 comments

I’ve got ’em, do you?

Leave it to a child to remind us that attitude is a choice.

But seriously, how do we pull ourselves out of the Monday blues and end the day with a sense of accomplishment?  As the sign says, “Paint yourself a different color.”

To do this, you need to clear the canvas. Review your thoughts, examine them carefully and identify the negative influences. Remove or change the negative thoughts. Instead of thinking, “I hate waiting in this line, the guy in front of me is so slow,” change your thought to “At least I’m ahead of the 5 people behind me.” Instead of looking at the pile on your desk and thinking, “I will never get this done,” change your thought to “I can break this into specific topics and tackle them one at a time. I can do this!”

Be more confident in yourself. Be brighter, happier, more positive. Think of the glass half full, instead of half empty.

I know it sounds like a cliche, and of course, it is a cliche, but it works. Your mind controls how you feel. If you’re feeling blue, it’s because YOU chose to feel that way. You chose blue.

In our interactions with colleagues, donors, family, friends and the public, it’s imperative that our attitude is painted positive. Your attitude can directly affect their attitude. It’s a domino effect that should not be underestimated.

“One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you.” This quote, from the  2009 Success magazine article by Kieth Harrell Why Your Attitude Is Everythingsums it up perfectly and the article’s 10 strategies to improving your attitude are great examples of how we can CHOOSE our attitude.

As I said in a recent blog post, choice is everything. But as we’ve been reminded today, so is attitude.

I know it’s late on a Monday, but it’s never too late to improve your attitude. So grab a paint brush, turn that frown upside down, and make it a good day. It’s really up to you.

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