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Day 436 - It's Monday; Be Awesome

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

One of the things I've learned from being here on SparkPeople is that when the week starts on Monday, how you approach it usually defines how the rest of the week will be.

Now Monday is pretty arbitrary as the day that starts the workweek. Christians generally start their week on Sundays. Some people in the Jewish faith consider Saturday to start the week. Business people usually think of Saturday and Sunday as being the "week end", so Monday must be the "week begin."

Do you see Monday as the recovery day from overindulgence on the weekend? Do you frequently call in "sick" on Monday because of the hangover you're feeling from the beer, chips, and guacamole you consumed on Sunday? Even if you didn't overindulge, is Monday still the day when you feel like you're sleep deprived, water deprived, and maybe health deprived?

Let me offer a different way to live. Look at Monday as the brilliant dawn that precedes a beautiful day. Monday is early morning, Tuesday is mid-morning, Wednesday is noon, Thursday is mid-afternoon, and Friday is quitting time. How do you want that metaphorical day to be? Does it start off great and get better until the end? Or does it start off a little rough, and then you spend the next three days getting back on track? When you reach Friday, do you feel pleased with how your week went, or are you sad that you weren't as productive as you could have been?

Make your Monday awesome, and it will set the stage for the rest of the week. You'll be more productive, more successful, more motivated, if you start the week off on a positive note. I know you can do it!

To all of you who commented on my blog yesterday, thank you for your comments. I love your insights into this journey that we share together. I'm going to challenge some of you to be better. I hope you'll take my feedback as it is intended - to help you improve and keep you going forward. I'm seeing some of the doldrums in some blog posts I've read. I haven't been commenting because I didn't feel that I had anything to say, but the truth is that I had a lot to say, but I was afraid of how my comments would be received. I am realizing that I may have to be more honest to point out some aspects of your attitudes that may be unhealthy and/or unproductive. I will apologize in advance if I offend any of you. That's not my intent, although I can't deny the possible impact. All my comments, I assure you, come from a place of love and support. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Now, have a great Monday, dear friends, and Don't Forget to be AWESOME!
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Being emoticon on Monday......Why should you be? The primary reason is simple, if you're reading this it means you woke-up on Monday and on Tuesday as well. A whole lot of people didn't!

    Some people are going to fail at SparkPeople because they want it to be easy and the truth is it takes commitment and commitment isn't easy. Some people are whiners. It is what they do and in many cases no amount of encouragement from fellow Sparkers or tools and information available on Spark is going to motivate them.

    In any life circumstance if a person's answer is always I can't it is most often because he or she won't. When someone is unwilling to put forth any effort there is no chance that they will succeed.

    I suppose the real question is, how much is your time and energy worth? Personally, I have been known to support people for more than a year emoticon and they still whined that it was to hard. I finally learned to help where I can and when help is wanted.

    1845 days ago
    Monday is my day off and I use it to catch up with my girls and go for a good walk with my hubs - when Tuesday comes around, I am rested and ready to get cracking at work!
    1845 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    A good attitude is contagious. Keep it up. You do help me.
    1845 days ago
    Well said Steve. When I was in college soooo many, many years ago, I looked at every day as Friday afternoon so the next day was Saturday. I was always ready with a smile for whatever the day brings.
    1845 days ago
    Oh yeah! It sometimes is a fine line...today I risked it and had to say something on a Sparker's blog that I knew might be taken wrong, but I truly felt I would do an injustice to not say it...so I did...we will see how it goes. I tried to soften it with I was not judging, but you never know. I think it is good to say, with kindness, what we think truly might help or give a perspective they may not be seeing! It's also why certain Sparkers are friends with each other and we shy away from others! That's fine...but it's good if we can keep an open mind and try to help others that might be open to seeing things a different way! I do think attitude is so important and that you have to be open to a new attitude (wasn't that a song!)! Steve, I know you truly have my well being at heart and that what you offer is really from a good place...I appreciate that!
    Let's all have an awesome week!
    1845 days ago
    I try my very best to make every day a good and positive day because if that's what I'm putting out there I hope that's what I'm getting back.

    Continually posting "doldrums / venting / negativity" on blogs almost always causes me to not want to leave a comment at all, not even an emoticon. I'm so not interested in "going" there. Same with replying to those who ask for help or comments and give radio silence in return.

    SP is a two-way street. We get out of it what we put into it, SparkFriends included.


    1845 days ago
  • no profile photo DIASTER
    Beautifully said !
    1845 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Love this! Attitude is a powerful thing. When people ask me, "How are you?" I usually respond with - I'm awesome! I'm not arrogant, just positive. It's fun - give it a try next time someone asks you how you are. You'll lift their spirit, too. emoticon
    1845 days ago
    Should is meant to be shout
    1846 days ago
    I too have that tendency to say it the way it should be said and sometimes my comments lead to ill feelings. Just like you, my words come from a place of love. It is just that I want to grab certain sparkers by their collars and should, "If you do the work, you will lose the weight. If you sit and whine, the results will be nil!!" Makes sense doesn't it? Ya don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out! Ha!
    1846 days ago
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