I had a hard time waking up early for the private victory, checked email and found not-so-great news, realized I have way more work to do than I thought, and couldn’t get any good lighting for a post I wanted to share today.
Though none of these things was terrible by any stretch of the imagination, I kinda wished I could just go back to bed and call it a day.
Of course, I didn’t go back to bed. Instead, I thought about skipping today on the blog.
“No one will notice if I don’t write today,” my ego rationalized.
But that wasn’t true. I would notice. I would know that I threw in the towel, rather than showed up today just because I wasn’t in a “great mood.”
So instead, I took a page from The Slight Edge.
The book’s entire premise can be summed up like this: The difference between successful people (in whatever context you define success) and unsuccessful people is the ability to follow through on simple actions, which over time lead to exponentially positive results.
Here’s what it looks like visually.
Simple premise, simple actions, powerful results.
Because the positive actions are easy to do, they are also easy not to do. And today, those “easy” actions, like doing the PV and writing on the blog, felt hard. That’s why my ego wanted me to skip blogging and do as little as possible today.
“It’s not a big deal… It doesn’t really matter… Just keep thinking about yourself and take it easy the rest of the day, you deserve it… It’s Monday.”
Though it was tempting to just give into the easy day that my ego presented, I decided to dedicate my day to helping you instead. I decided that the least I could do is help anyone else out there who might be battling the same “Monday” feeling.
So even though I had “the Mondays,” I got up and did the private victory. I decided to face the not-so-great news with a more optimistic outlook, and I decided to write this post to help anyone else who might be feeling the urge to make any “easy not to do” choices.
Was it uncomfortable to choose to face the day in a positive way, even though I didn’t feel like it? For sure.
But you know what? Just writing this post, to hopefully help you, has helped me feel better already.
If you happen to a case of “the Mondays,” too, I hope you go out there and pay this slight edge action forward!