The Monday Mindset: Mondays Don't Have To Suck
Mondays are busy days for most of us. It’s the ending of the weekend, the beginning of the work week, and a fresh start - that is never more than a week away. This also makes Monday the most dangerous day of the week.
When you’re thinking about getting started on an exercise or nutrition plan, Monday tends to be the starting date every week. For this reason, historically, Monday is the busiest day of the week at the gym and our mindset speaks to us like this:
• “I’ll go to the gym on Monday.”
• “Starting Monday, I’m going to do cardio every day.”
• “New diet on Monday! This is going to be my last ‘bad’ meal, so I’m going to enjoy it!”
When you’re already on a plan of some kind, the Mindset excuses look like these:
• I’ve missed two workouts—this has been such a busy week. I should rest up and start again on Monday.
• Well, I had that brownie. The entire day is shot to hell. I’ll just start again on Monday.
• I’ll have a few beers during the game. But starting Monday, I’m taking things more seriously. No more drinking.
These types of self delusions limit us. They keep us from progressing because they encourage a limiting belief that we can’t course-correct during the week. Furthermore, it encourages us to give up when we’re close to crossing the finish line, because of the incorrect thought that we can start over every Monday.
We’ve all heard that the definition of insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, and yet we all fall victim to the trap of Monday over and over and over again.
Remove the refresh button. 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.