Do you find yourself excited for Monday? Do you bound out of bed Monday morning with a smile on your face and joy in your heart, anxious to get to work? If you do, you are one of the lucky ones. Most of us are working for the weekend and counting our days until retirement. An interest (or passion) in your work may mean never having to watch the clock or checking off days until summer vacation. So what happens when things start turning vocationally sour and we start dreading the alarm clock on Monday morning? What toll does our body pay for working a job we don’t enjoy? Most importantly, how the heck do we change it?
At one time, I found myself in a particularly negative situation. I disliked my job, disliked my living situation and, many times, wallowed in the belief I was going to live this unhappy life for the rest of my life. It wasn’t until I reminded myself that my present does not predict my future that I found the motivation (and renewed hope) to make the changes. I created a mantra for Mondays that helped to pull me out of the mud. Whenever I found myself moving towards the dark side (usually as I drove to work on Monday morning), I would repeat my mantra “This is my present, not my future”.
It is important to note that one of the most influential precursors to good health and happiness is the perception of control over one’s life and situation. If you feel you don’t have control over the decisions you make, you are less likely to make a change. In addition, if you can see yourself succeed in your mind, you are more likely to achieve your goal. By practicing daily visualization you may be very surprised at the opportunities that come your way and help you move closer to the life you want.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, you only get one life to live. Why not make it the best one possible. Where do you want to be in ten years and how are you going to get there? Write down your goals, create a plan of action detailing each tiny step and note the changes you see and feel along the way. Share your goals with others, find like-minded people to help motivate you, volunteer in your interest area, take a professional to lunch and pick their brain on how to get involved in their vocation. Keep your eyes on the prize and may you never mark the days off the calendar again!
Kathi Cameron holds a masters degree in Exercise and Health Psychology and is an author and speaker on topics related to health promotion. She has over 20 years of experience as a trainer and coach in realistic health behaviour change.