A few years ago, I read a book called Progressive Thinking by Harold F. Grant. This book is so full of wisdom. It evoked some significant life changing thought processes for me.
The book is formatted in a way that references a day of the week for the first seven chapters. As I was reading the section titled “Motivational Mondays,” I came across something that reminded me of how I had conditioned myself to think about Mondays:
“Don’t be demotivated by a Monday moment. You have seen this day before, and it’s not how it’s looking at you that matters, but how you are looking at it.”
I love this!! You have seen this day many times before. This is about changing how you look at it. Over the years, I have REFUSED to look at Monday as a bad day. Yeah, I know. It’s probably the job. You don’t want to go back. It could be your micro-managing boss, the jealous co-worker, your lack of pay or benefits…the list goes on. All you know is that you dread going back. But if you change the way you think about it, you could transform your Monday mornings into a more positive experience.
I believe people often allow themselves to have such a negative outlook on their jobs because they look at the job as their source, rather than looking at God as the source. Your job is not your provider, God is. Understand that the job is what God provided as a resource, but if you lose that job, just like God gave you that one, he can give you another.
Another thing that causes people to have a negative outlook on their job situation is a lack of gratitude. It may be that this isn’t your ideal position or your dream job, but at the end of the day, you have something that many people don’t have: a job. You must learn to be grateful for what you do have, for there is always someone who is worse off than you.
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Start to operate as though you are doing what you do for God himself, and not your supervisor, manager or the CEO. Take on a grateful attitude and watch how this changes how you look at Mondays. Know that although you have seen this day many times before, you don’t have to look at it the same. If you are at a point where you can’t look at it from a different perspective, then it very well may be time to change the routine of what you are doing on Mondays.