Stop Thanking God For Fridays

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Ask yourself why you’re only excited about 28% of the entire year and maybe TGIF won’t be part of your weekly thought process.

Every week I catch myself, and see so many others talking about how they “Can’t wait for the weekend…” or hear something along the lines of, “I’m so ready for this week to be over.” Almost as if we forget that the weekend is only two days long then we have to start all over. I started to think about how little time the weekend is and how necessary of a break it should be in our lives. But that’s simply what it should be. A break. Not an insignificant amount of time that we are looking to invest our entire lives in.

We spend 72% (5 out of 7) of our days during the week — at school, work, etc. Your acceptance of living a horrible life for 72% of your entire existence is way more damaging than you think. For the ones that absolutely love every day of their life, you’re a lucky one. But remember that adversity is inevitably coming your way, and that we should all be seeking ways to grow through those seasons of life.

I think that you should ask yourself these questions if you can’t stand the thought of Monday, and are always looking forward to Friday.

Why settle?

I get really uneasy when I hear people talk about being unhappy with their current life circumstances, but are unwilling to take steps to change it out of fear. Often times we are so comfortable with familiarity that we would rather live unhappy than take a risk that might completely change our lives. While spending over +40 hours a week in a place that does not bring joy, for some of us, we don’t even think to divide 5 minutes to working toward something that might bring change to that situation in the long run. If we stopped looking at the end goal, and started taking small steps, the light at the end of the tunnel could become much bigger and brighter. A designer doesn’t become a world-renown designer by working an 8 hour shift as a barista then going home to do nothing until it’s time to go to bed then wake up and do it all over again. A designer becomes the best they can be by devoting an hour, thirty minutes, or whatever it takes to improve his or herself every single day. Getting to a place that you want to be takes time, and a lot of persistence. Every second of intentional growth counts. The good news is that you’re in total control.

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. — Jack Canfield

Are you a part of the problem?

The more I question behavior and how we react toward patterns or events that happen in our lives, the more I realize that humans are very strange creatures. I am allowed to hate Monday and love Friday because that’s normal, and that’s what life is all about, right? Right. Wait, no, wrong.

You’re only okay with hating 72% of your life because the person standing to your left and right said it’s okay, and they feel the same way. By contributing toward the attitude of a “work week”, we are only encouraging others to settle for their stagnation. Attitude is contagious and undeniably leaves a mental and emotional effect on the people you interact with every single day. If we treated every day as one in the same, I believe that we will assuredly unlock potential that exists inside of us to become the very person we’ve always dreamed of being.

How do I not hate Monday when I hate Monday, and how do I not love Friday when I love Friday?

I’m not saying that we should become mundane figures that are completely unaware of the events happening around us. But what I am saying is that you can change if you want to. There are no rules for this life and you have to remember that every decision you make is shaping your world into whatever you choose for it to be.

So go ahead and tackle the week as it is. Drink a little extra coffee on Monday morning while trying to get to work or class on time, and go party a little harder on a Friday. But don’t let it limit you. There is an entire world out there that is waiting to be changed by creative, intelligent, and driven people like yourself.

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