It’s the start of a new week. You get up, get dressed, and then the little things all start to rain down on you. A fuse in the kitchen keeps blowing which means you can’t get a hot cup of coffee. You spend so much time messing with the fuse that you miss your designated time to leave the house. You go to look for your gym bag and discover the dog peed on it. There goes your workout. You throw up your hands and stomp out of the house.
It was something similar last week. You got off to a poor start and somehow you managed to miss most of your workouts. It’s not like it was your fault. The world was conspiring against you.
That’s right, all those inanimate objects in your house are obviously out to get you. The coffee maker surely realizes that you can’t function without your cuppa. Heaven forbid you just stop at Starbucks on the way to work this time. You have things to do. The car not starting, that’s obviously the fault of the car, not you for failing to take it in for an oil change. The door slamming in your face is a conspiracy, not simple physics at work. And that darned dog! This is all is fault. Ignore the fact that you were too tired to let him out before you went to sleep.
Too often a case of the Mondays is a function of letting small irritations turn into major events. More critically, those small irritations can be used by your back brain as a clever way to sabotage yourself. Having a tough start to the day? Best to put things off until you feel more comfortable, until you get back into a groove, until you are in your routine.
Newsflash sparky- skipping the things that are hard will not get you back into a groove. Skipping them just make it easier to keep skipping them. Change does not happen when you are comfortable. It happens when you are anything but. You’ve got to dig in and fight through those impulses to skip. Yes it sucks. It means ignoring family time for an hour while you get a workout in. It means staying up late to finish things you started. It means stopping off to buy a bone for your poor dog.
Stop trying to blame people for your bad day. Better, stop blaming inanimate objects for your bad day. Blame doesn’t move you forward. Take a deep breath, drop the excuses, and fix the problem.