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52 Monday Mornings

Most businesses were closed on January 2, 2017 in observance of the New Year. Christmas is on a Monday, and so are Memorial Day and Labor Day. That means you will have 52 Monday mornings, minus the 4 holidays, leaving you 48 Monday mornings.

If you hate Mondays, then you have already made up your mind about 48 days in 2017. That’s unfortunate. And, it really doesn’t make any sense. If you’re the kind of person that hates Mondays, you have also likely decided to hate the Tuesday when you go back to work after a long weekend.

Maybe it’s not Mondays that you hate.

If you believe that your work isn’t fun and exciting, if it doesn’t bring you joy, then you may decide to be unhappy when it is time to work. You may have learned to believe that you are supposed to hate your work from your family, your friends, or the people with whom you spend time. However you came upon that infection, it won’t serve you well, and it won’t help you reach your full potential.

If you haven’t given your self over to your work, you are not going to find meaning and purpose in that work. There is no work that can’t be made better through an effort to make it something exceptional. You might have also been infected with the belief that you should do the minimum amount of work possible without losing your job. You might have once heard some of your peers say, “They don’t pay me enough to do that.” But if you did “that” and made it exceptional, they’d pay you for it.

It’s possible that your job really is terrible. It might be unimaginably bad, something most of us would never do. If your work is something you hate, then you owe it to yourself and your company to go do something different, something that would make you happy.

You have a lot of Mondays left this year. You have even more Mondays left in your work life. Your real work is not your job. Your real work is what would cause you to spring out of bed on Monday mornings, unable to be restrained from getting to it.

You can convert most of what you do at your job into this kind of work, but you have to pour your heart into it. Even on Mondays.

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