Monday blues

Motivational quotes to cure your Monday blues

Motivational quotes from some of the world’s greatest personalities can help you gain perspective when you are feeling low and unmotivated.
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It’s the weekend and you are having a blast with your friends without a care in the world. Monday is still two days away, you think as you dance away to the tunes of your favourite numbers. After an enjoyable Saturday night, you go off to bed. When you wake up, it’s already late afternoon. Then a feeling of dread dawns upon you, as you realise Monday is just around the corner. This feeling is commonly referred to as the Monday blues.

After a relaxing weekend, many find it quite cumbersome to return to work on Monday. The endless meetings, piled-up assignments, deadlines… the very thought of work sends shivers down your spine. How you wish you could simply just binge-watch your favourite show, lying in bed, instead of forcing yourself to find the motivation to work again. But no matter how much you would like to escape Mondays, you really can’t.

Is there a fix to your Monday blues? The answer is yes! The inspiring words of some of the world’s greatest and most admired personalities can help you gain perspective when you are feeling low and unmotivated. Here is a list of motivational quotes that will not only give you a much-needed boost to start your week but also help you get rich insights into how you can carve your path to success.

“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

If you dream of a better future, you need to start working on it today. Dreams don’t turn into reality just by themselves. You have to make a conscious effort into changing your mindset and focussing on the now, instead of keeping things for the future. Success doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be willing to take decisive steps every day, without falling prey to procrastination or Monday Blues.

“The sun himself is weak when he first rises and gathers strength and courage as the day goes on.”Charles Dickens

No matter how demotivated you feel at the start of the workweek, remind yourself you have the ability to seize the day. Sometimes, challenging experiences at work such as urgent deadlines and changes in schedules can make you feel apprehensive.  But when that happens, remember that no situation, irrespective of how difficult it is, can’t be dealt with. You may feel low for some time but you can easily bounce back if you have the confidence and belief in your abilities.

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”Pablo Picasso

Procrastination is the biggest enemy of success. In a way, we all are victims of it to some degree. But until we consciously fight it and make changes to our attitude, we may never emerge from the vicious cycle of “I will do it tomorrow.” An effective way of countering the Monday blues is by prioritising your tasks. Make an effort to complete them within the stipulated time and remind yourself to not push anything to the next day unless it can’t be done finished the same day.

“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end, you are sure to succeed.”Abraham Lincoln

When Monday blues bog you down, making you feel discouraged to continue working, this motivational quote can help you get back on your feet. Identify the reason why you are feeling discouraged. It is normal for people to feel discouraged due to self-doubt or a lack of motivation. But if that happens on a recurring basis at the start of a workweek, then you need to take a moment to pause and reflect on the reasons behind your feelings. You can read about the lives of the world’s most successful people such as Steven Spielberg, Jack Ma and Bill Gates, who all experienced setbacks in their life. But they didn’t let any of that discourage them. They emerged from challenging situations and left an indelible mark on the world through their pioneering work. So, whenever you feel discouraged and unable to go on, remind yourself that you too have the potential to succeed, irrespective of the situation.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

Fear disintegrates self-belief, without which you can’t win your battles. Especially on days when you experience Monday blues, you may feel demotivated to do anything. You may fear the deadlines or dread attending all the important team meetings lined up for the week. When that happens, tell yourself that these fears can be overcome. Replace negative thinking with positive affirmations such as ‘I am capable of achieving success’ or ‘I will not be let down by my fears’. When you implement these changes, you will gradually overcome Monday blues.

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”Paulo Coelho

Self-improvement is necessary if you want to advance in life. If you stay stagnant or confined within the boundaries of your comfort zone, it may be difficult to accomplish your goals. When Monday blues strike, you may feel overwhelmed with everything around you. You may find it hard to focus on your tasks and everything around you may seem difficult or annoying. But if you cultivate a positive attitude and strive to become better than you already are, your attitude towards life, and even obstacles, will change. Once your veil of negativity comes off, you will be harmonious with yourself.

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”Jim Rohn

There are two types of people. Those who take control of a situation and seize the moment and those who let circumstances control them. You know which one you want to be. Take control of every small thing that you have to do, and the rest will follow. The moment you let fear consume your mind, you will find even the simplest of tasks cumbersome. But when you start working on accomplishing one task at a time, and gradually build up your confidence, you will always stay on top of things and clear of the Monday Blues.

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

On days when you experience Monday blues, sometimes even simpler chores seem like a daunting task. You may even lack the motivation to get anything done. During such instances, remind yourself that in order to achieve your goals, you have to put in consistent efforts. Take small steps at a time but keep doing them even if they take a bit more time than usual. Things will only work out when you try to do them.

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