What is Monday morning like for you? How do you feel? What are you thinking about the day (and week ahead)?

Larry Dorsey in Healing Breakthroughs reported more heart attacks occur on Monday than on any other day of the week. They most often happen at nine o’clock in the morning.

It seems fair to say that there is something about how people anticipate the work week that is killing them — or at least a big part of their energy and joy in life.

Yet Dr. Norman Beale found that losing your job or the threat of it led to a 20% increase in visits to doctors and 60% rise in hospital visits.

We cling to our jobs, yet we suffer about them. So the mission here is to approach each week with zest, zeal, and enthusiasm. Imagine instead of losing sleep worrying about the troubles of Monday, that you might wake up a little early just because you were so excited to get started!

Here’s step one on your path to exhilaration: pay attention! Before you begin to adopt new perspectives and take new actions, get familiar with the beast. Take note of your current thoughts, feelings, moods, and physical sensations. You’ll become aware of some of what’s between you and your naturally exuberant state. Be like an anthropologist making a study of the human called you on Monday. Consider making friends with your issues as they are unlikely to disappear. Instead of resisting them, try being curious.

To add some fun to balance the analysis, at the end of the day, reflect on what was (or what could have been seen as) amusing.

Next week we’ll take a look at the next steps on the path to being “Psyched for Monday.”

Be exhilarated!

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