Th Monday Mindset: Carpe Monday
Let’s talk about the importance of getting your first workout in on Mondays.
Carpe Diem — seize the day — it’s about setting the tone for whatever the occasion may be. Seizing Monday is arguably the most paramount day of the week to own. I like to think of it like this: if the week is an arena and the days rounds, then the first round (Monday) sets the tone for the rest of the rounds ahead (the week). It’s happened to many, if not all of us, when Monday has gotten the best of us after a weekend, because we can’t let it set the tone for the week. Next thing we know we’re talking to about how this week sucks and it feels like we can’t catch up. Don’t get knocked out in the first round. Come in ready and set the tone for the upcoming week ahead…seize your mindset every Monday.
I wrote a piece last month about how Monday’s don’t have to suck. I drove home the idea that Monday is just a day. Just because it is the beginning of the work week doesn’t mean that it has to be the beginning of everything else. We can start a program on any day of the week, maybe Monday is an off day or recovery day in your program, but no matter what Monday is for you it is still just a day — and it doesn’t have to suck.
Furthermore — yes, Monday is just a day, but it is a paramount day for setting the tone for your week. Once we tell ourselves Monday that it’s okay to miss the gym or eat poorly, then you’ve got beat in the first round and the following rounds are going to be difficult to recover from. Difficult doesn't mean impossible. It just means it’s going to be harder — to get in the gym, eat healthier, get after our goals and jobs — and we’ll have to wrap our minds around the following days to come out stronger. More times than not, all of us at some point have gotten to Wednesday and said “f@*! it …I’ll start over next week”. Don’t let getting pushed around on Monday affect your mindset. Seize the day, get in the gym, and conquer the arena.