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How to Make Monday YOUR Day

Today will be whatever you make it be.

It’s far too easy to approach Monday and the traditional start of the work week with distress, trepidation, displeasure, and unhappiness.  There is an entire culture of Monday woe in this society, which has been and continues to be capitalized on, and as such gets reinforced.

Does anyone want Monday to suck?  I am pretty sure the answer is NO.  I don’t really know anyone who wants to be miserable, who wants to have a bad day and a bad week, or who craves feeling powerless and unhappy.

We are all so much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for.  For real, we are the creators of the world in which we live.  My favorite line from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has always been, “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams.”  In other words, we have control over the lives we live.  We choose the beat we dance to in this life, and the dreams we experience.

Keeping this in mind, why do we so readily ascribe lousiness to Monday?  Because that’s our culture.  We have this wide-ranging belief that Monday, as the beginning of the new work week, is going to probably be no fun, distressing, and generally unpleasant.

If like attracts like, and consciousness creates reality, what do you think approaching Monday with dread is going to do?  Further, why perpetuate this negative, frankly depressing approach to a day in our lives?  We are only on this earth for a limited time.  Yeah, there are going to be days that suck, and there are going to be issues and problems and challenges to be had, and sometimes it really is easiest to just go with it, go with the flow, let it be as it will be.

However, we have a choice.  Rather than fall into this notion and allow for another lousy Monday, another set-up for a less-than-desired work week, why don’t we seek better?  Why don’t we use the tools we have available to us like gratitude and positivity generators to change the station, tune in more desirable music?

Yes, we will need to expend some effort to break from the norm.  It could make people look at us askance, and wonder why we aren’t doing things in the same way they are.  So what?  If like attracts like, and consciousness creates reality, if we approach the week from a positive perspective, then we are apt to attract more positives our way.

Monday needn’t start us off in deficit, we have the ability instead to begin in abundance.  Wouldn’t you rather look to be content and happy than distraught and unhappy?  Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that we have the power to choose how to approach the start of the work week, we can work on choosing to approach it from a place of abundance.  When we see the day for possibility rather than for impossibility, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for.  Gratitude leads to happiness.  Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude.  Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the one hundred seventy-sixth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

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Five Quick-and-Easy Positivity Generators

Everyone prefers to feel good over feeling bad.

Finding positivity is about finding ways to feel good.  We live in a society that feeds on a steady diet of negativity.  Fear is a tool employed by many differently “leaders” to keep people in line, and sensationalism sells and gets more clicks on social media.  This can make it far easier to live in fear and negativity than to find positivity.

Also, it’s Monday…so most of us are going to work after a weekend off.  It is widely accepted that Mondays should be loathed.  I figure, why start the work week in negativity and set that tone for the week, when we can create positivity and allow ourselves to feel better.

There are many, many things that generate positivity, but the follow five are things you can do with little or no effort, more than once in a given day, and they will help.

  1. Smile. Seriously, just take a minute and smile.  You don’t need to laugh, you don’t need to have anything in particular to smile about, simply smile for a minute or so, and see how you feel.
  2. Breathe deeply. Take at least two minutes to breathe deeply, intentionally.  Really focus on the breathing, and let the air in.  You’d be surprised how just breathing and not doing anything else will make you feel.
  3. Sit or stand more erect. Consider your posture.  When you slouch and slump, there is no energy flow.  When you stand up straight or sit up straight, you energize your core, and you would be surprised how that will improve your mood.
  4. Stretch. Roll your neck, roll your shoulders, stretch out your arms and legs for a minute or two. These are the only bodies we have, and we tend to abuse them.  Stretching doesn’t just keep our joints and muscles strong, it also helps us relax and feel more flexible.
  5. Disconnect. Go offline for a few minutes.  Take a short walk.  Step away from whatever you are doing and reset yourself.  This can be less than five minutes, and I always have suspected this is part of the allure for smokers.  You get away from it all a few minutes to get your nicotine fix.  Well, for non-smokers, we also need a few minutes to get away and break from things.  Leave your computes, tablets and phones behind for 1 to 5 minutes, and free yourself.

None of these things need to take more than five minutes, and can take as little as one minute.  All of them will allow us to feel better, and I know that I prefer to feel good over feeling bad.  It seems so very simple, and yet we tend to neglect this all too easily.

There are other options out there, but I suggest rather than getting caught up in the negativity of the world at large, each of us can generate positivity for ourselves, and from there we might find we can do much, much more than we think.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.  Knowing that there are little things we can do to feel good, we have tools at our disposal to improve our days.  When we make the effort to use these tools to check and alter our feeling, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for.  Gratitude leads to happiness.  Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude.  Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the one hundred seventy-fifth entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.

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Pathwalking 151

Do you take the easy path, or do you challenge yourself?

This is an interesting question because I think a lot of people misinterpret the phrase “challenge yourself”. People sometimes want to do a difficult and complex thing because it is challenging, not because they actually have the desire to do it.

How do you define challenging yourself?

This idea is when you have something you are passionate about, but it may be a new or different approach, or it may be a wholly new thing for you to try. It might be something you have never done before, but you are going to work at it anyhow because it interests you.

Take, for example, National Novel Writer’s Month. Every November there is a challenge to write 50,000 words. You have 30 days, make the words happen! As a writer there is a challenge, because this is a lot of words to parse out on a daily basis. Also, this is about quantity, not quality.

I have over the years completed this challenge several times. For me, an added challenge of this has been either working in a genre I do not normally write, or choosing a perspective that differs from my usual. Most of my work is Sci Fi or Fantasy, but I have written a humorous narrative/memoir and a technothriller. Most of my fiction is written in third person, but for NaNo I have chosen to write in first person.

These are challenges within the framework of something I love. I write a lot of different things in a lot of different situations, and I have used this opportunity to try something unusual.

What about a challenge in something you have never done before? I’ve tried my hand at this as well. Not so long ago I tried a first attempt at some leather tooling. I created something using a medium I have never used before, and I tried something new.

The reason I bring this up is because when you choose your paths, sometimes the choices before you are easy and sometimes challenging. There are certainly times to choose the former over the latter, but I would suggest it is always wise to really examine what that choice will mean.

Why is this important?

One of the reasons to choose your own destiny and to walk your own path is because you want to experience the abundance and fullness of life. There are so many possibilities, so many things to see and do and learn. When you get caught up in the daily routines and you let life choose for you, it is easy to lose sight of this. Worse, it is easy to fall into the trap that you think you’ve chosen your path, when you have not.

This is why it is vitally important to constantly be asking yourself questions. How do I feel? What am I doing? Where am I going? What do I want from this path? When you stop asking questions it is surprisingly easy to lose sight of the path, and to then fall off of it.

The other problem that may crop up is this. Paths shift. They fork. They go off in completely different directions than we thought. Sometimes the path we have become comfortable with is not actually the choice we should be making anymore, and the time has come to choose anew.

One note of caution here. When and if you find yourself in this situation, don’t waste your time getting upset or depressed or otherwise distraught. As I have said rather frequently, the journey is easily as important, if not more so, than the goal at the end. Berating yourself, getting upset because of a lost path or any other such negative reaction will stall you further. Let it go. Move on.

Some paths are easy. They are obvious, they are subtle, and they are laid out like a ten lane highway you have all to yourself. There is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes, however, the lack of challenge is a sign that perhaps this path you are on is not right for you, and the time has come to choose another.

Another note of caution here. Virtually nothing is impossible. However, and this is important, you have to REALLY, TRULY want what you want. I mentioned this before in Pathwalking 148, when I explored the necessary elements that go into manifestation. If you are challenging yourself with your path, be certain that you think about it, feel it, and take action to make it happen.

Some days the challenging path with be easy and the easy path will be challenging. That’s just the way the universe works.

Sometimes the right choice is the easy path, sometimes it’s the challenging one. Either way, choose wisely. You are more powerful than you know, and you are more capable than you realize. Your destiny can be your own, when you make choices to control it.

Are you walking an easy or a challenging path?

 

This is the one-hundred fifty first entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share.  Thank you for joining me.

The first fifty-two weeks (Year One) of installments of Pathwalking is available in print and for your Kindle.

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