Did you know this coming Monday is called "Blue Monday"? It has been called the lowest day of the year for people - it's a depressing thought really. When life adds up and comes out "blue".
Here's the equation that's been developed:
[W + (D-d)] x TQ
M x NA
The equation is broken down into seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since failed quit attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action. This article from 2005 explains.
LIFE adds up and it comes out BLUE. But I'm wondering if it could actually be transformed into "BRAVE MONDAY" instead.
Could we take these elements that threaten to undo us and see them for what they really are? I know for me, it's helpful to take all these layers and spread them out so I can tackle them in more manageable, bite sized pieces.
Weather: Okay, I get it. Icy temps, dark days and slushy driving gets old quick. I've been known to take hibernation to a whole new level. So I need to work extra hard and remember (what's seemed lost since childhood) how fun it is to play around in the snow and cold. Without fail, when I throw my snow pants and warm boots on and get my butt outside, I invariably have a good time. The pull to stay tucked inside and feast on Netflix is strong, but pushing the blue away means bravely facing the cold.
Debt & Monthly Salary: Financial stress is significant. I don't want to downplay how overwhelming and burdensome this can be.
But I'm wondering if today could be the day where you do one thing to gain some control.
Could you sell something on Kijiji? Is there a room you can simplify and purge the clutter? Do you need to sit down and set a budget? Set up a meeting with a financial advisor? Open a savings account? Whatever you do - take one step of courage out of the blue.
Time Since Christmas: I've been learning about how important it is to have something to look forward to - something to celebrate, even if it doesn't come in the form of a holiday. It's a natural part of being human so it makes sense that we feel a bit of a let down after such a fun season. Check out last week's post, The 5 C's to the Good Life where I talk about it. What are you looking forward too? It's doesn't have to be big... just something on the horizon to focus on. Today's the day to set your sights on something new.
Time Since Failed Quite Attempt: No one likes to fail. It bruises our ego, makes us feel powerless, and depending on what we failed at, we can find ourselves stuck in discouragement. Chances are you had grand plans to turn over a new leaf on January 1. I know I did...we're wired for fresh starts.
But here's the thing: failing is always a part of succeeding.
You can't reach anything worthwhile without a bit of struggle. Sometimes the things we struggle at the most return to us the greatest rewards.
Truth is, failed attempts are a sign you've got some skin in the game, and that is brave and beautiful.
Low Motivational Levels & the Need to Take Action: I hope you're seeing how valuable it is to pull these things apart and tackle them individually. Getting outside, taking some control of finances, looking forward to celebrating something and seeing failure as success, can actually push back the low motivation to take action that comes at this time of year.
Let's push back the "blue" and bravely plot forward!
If you're in the GTA on Monday, 18th, I'd love for you to join me at The Meeting House in Oakville for the PLOTTING FORWARD WORKSHOP. Just show up if you haven't registered yet...the cost is $10 (cash) at the door; we're getting started at 7pm sharp! Everyone's invited.
If you can't make it, download this free 35 page workbook I've created called Plotting Forward: a guide to making your days matter.
It's only available on this website for a few more days!