The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


Mandatory Mondays…

Good morning everyone; it’s Monday – yeahhhh!  How do you start your week?  

Is it important to you to GET MOTIVATED?  What’s your routine?  For many of us Monday is still the traditional start of our work week.  Not for Moms with toddlers however; for them there is no such thing as the “start” or the “end” of a week, true?  Same can be said at the other end of the spectrum I suppose.  I remember my Dad during his years in assisted-living would often ask, “What day is it?” After working for 50 years and being retired for 20 years, I guess the day of the week was no longer something important to keep track of.   

How do you start your week?  I remember a sales professional who always liked to schedule client visits for Monday mornings.  She would fill her morning up with appointments.  The clients were happy to see her; the meetings were easy to prepare for; and she would almost always come away with an order for additional business.  Besides, she said it got her up on Monday mornings and started her week off on the right foot.  Her positive attitude was FIRED UP by noon so she was ready to face the cold realities of cold prospects and cold calling.  Mondays – yeah! 

What’s your routine?  Reading the paper?  Borrrring!  A work-out is the favorite week-starter for another friend.  He hits the gym at 6 a.m. Monday mornings and keeps his engines running throughout the day.  I’m an early riser, but the thought of working out first thing Monday morning is not on the top of my list.  How about you?  Are you a Monday morning work-out fanatic? 

Some of my colleagues are lucky enough to have a flexible schedule.  That lets them have breakfast with their kids and then drive them to school Monday mornings.  I envy those with their priorities in order and control over their day, don’t you?  When my kids were young it seemed I was always running behind at work.  No time to eat – gotta go – have a nice day!  Paranoia I suppose.  But to me, the concept of eating a sit-down breakfast was foreign and a routine of driving my kids to school Monday mornings was unfathomable.  An Unknown Sage quotes Wolter: 

Wolter’s Law:

If you have the time, you won’t have the money.  If you have the money, you won’t have the time.                            

Starbucks is a favorite stop on the way to work Monday mornings, yes?  Fodder-4-Thought heard someone place this order, “Venti, sugar-free, non-fat, vanilla soy, double shot, decaf, no foam, extra hot, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with light whip and extra syrup, please.”  (Taking a breath now.)  Perhaps it’s bagels and cream cheese from Panera Bread.  Do you bring a box in for the office?  Maybe breakfast burritos!  Back in the day, my favorite was Dunkin Donuts.  Not quite the popular, health-conscious cuisine today, I guess.  Do you have special Monday morning menu morsels?  

Yes, motivation; particularly important for “Mandatory Mondays”, true?  What helps me GET MOTIVATED is loud, hard-rock or heavy metal music.  And if it’s Monday morning, then it’s mandatory Metallica. Fast-paced, head-banging music really revs up my engine!  The louder the better; and some of their lyrics can penetrate one’s soul: 

Forever trust in who we are, and nothing else matters. 

Trust me; it’s simply who I am.  What’s your Mandatory Monday musical mantra? 


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  1. Amy Robertson
    Apr 25, 2011

    Interesting thoughts here about Monday mornings….I can’t say I have a Monday morning routine, but I do have one thing I always look forward to! My employer commits to buying employees lunch one day a week, every week. Our office has chosen Mondays for our “free lunch” and it is the highlight of my Monday. It’s the small things, you know?…..

    • Gary
      Apr 26, 2011

      Thanks for sharing! Seems like your company has an excellent addition to mandatory Mondays!

      • Karinthia
        Sep 13, 2011

        You couldn’t pay me to ingore these posts!

      • Pebbles
        Sep 14, 2011

        Yup, that’ll do it. You have my aprpceiation.

    • Gracelin
      Sep 13, 2011

      The genius store called, they’re rnuinng out of you.

    • Azia
      Sep 14, 2011

      Slam diunkn like Shaquille O’Neal, if he wrote informative articles.

  2. Jonnie
    Sep 13, 2011

    All of my quesitnos settled-thanks!

  3. Amber
    Sep 14, 2011

    God, I feel like I shloud be takin notes! Great work

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