Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreaded a Monday. Raise your hand if you’ve dreaded a Monday on a Sunday, and therefore, ruined half your day. Is your hand still raised?

I get it, we’ve all dreaded Mondays from time to time. It’s the proverbial “bad day” of the week. However, what I have found is that Mondays mostly are just like any other day, we’ve just created a narrative about why it should be bad. One of my missions in life has become to give people, especially women, something to look forward to on Mondays.

Sometimes, we just need a little pep talk to make it through the day. I started writing Monday Morning Pep Talks a couple of years ago as a way to motivate myself every week. I literally would write what I most needed to hear, but pretend like I was writing to my best friend. As I started to send them out to other people, it caught on, and I’ve now helped thousands of people transform their Monday.

I start each pep talk with a theme. Sometimes it based off a song lyric, a quote, or a conversation I’ve had with a client during the week. The theme’s main purpose is to give you focus for the week. When you have something specific to focus on, you can be a lot more intentional about how you spend your week. You make better and quicker decisions. You can start to shift from feeling out of control to being in control of your thoughts and your life.

I also give you an action step or goal to work towards during the week. Again, with focus comes action. Action breeds clarity. Clarity builds momentum. And that’s how you get things done! It’s not all at once, it’s little by little, and making the commitment to choose to show up for yourself and your goals.

One of the things I love most about the pep talks is that there’s something powerful in knowing there are thousands of people doing the same theme that you are, but may be applying it differently. It’s a great reminder that we’re all working through the same things in one way or another.

I think the reason Monday Morning Pep Talks resonates with so many people is because the themes are universal: love, forgiveness, self-worth, boundaries, time. They’re the things we all think about, and rarely talk about.

Here’s the thing though, you don’t need my pep talks to make this happen. Of course, I’d love to have you in the hive, but you can totally set a theme for yourself every week and use that as a guide or filter for everything you do. It’s that easy.

Pick a theme. Set an action item. Do the work. You got this!

Colene Elridge is a results-oriented success coach, speaker, author and writer with more than 15 years of experience in human resources, training, government and entrepreneurship. This Owner of Be More Consulting is known as Coach Colene and is passionate about two things: creating better work and creating better lives. Elridge trains groups and businesses around the world and is known for bringing realness and a sense of humor to everything she does. Visit Monday Morning Pep Talks, Instagram and @CoachColene on Facebook & Twitter.

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