Hump Day – and One Reader's Response
(From archived lianprice.com blog, circa 2014.)
What does this even mean to you?
Does it get you excited for the weekend, or does it remind you of what you haven’t accomplished yet this week?
Unfinished projects. Unfulfilled potential.
Dusty dreams. Promises on pause that you made to yourself last Sunday night.
Yet another week looks like it’s going sneak by you without you grabbing it by the neck and wringing it for all it’s worth.
What was self-doubt on Monday morning has now turned into self-loathing.
Your carefully bullet-pointed to-do list has been shoved to the side to make room for endless emails, news feeds, who follows who, who commented on what photo, and other mindless busy work.
The food you bought at the grocery store last weekend is still sitting in the fridge because you can’t seem to stop ordering out, despite your thoughtful efforts to plan out your week and prep your healthy meals.
Oh, if only Friday could just hurry up and get here.
Next week I will DEFINITELY be better. My motivation will return. Starting next Monday, I know I will stick to my game plan.
I will finish tasks. I will reach my goals.
Next week will be the week that I am proactive, instead of sitting on the sidelines of my own life, wishing and hoping and being an envious social media onlooker.
But here’s the thing– don’t wait till next week.
Don’t get caught up in the “Start Fresh Monday” hype. It’s totally arbitrary.
Monday is no different from any other day. Stop giving it false importance or power.
If you want something, get after it today.
It’s hump day. Awesome. Let’s flip the script now. Let’s close all the extra browser tabs and zone in our focus on what is really important. What is going to yield you a better tomorrow?
What is going to raise your self-worth now? What can you do today and tomorrow that will make you turn around on Friday and say: “Wow. This week was a productive one. I am really proud of myself.”
So what if the week didn’t start off right? So what if you were a lazy, emotional, excuse-ridden mess? J We all are from time to time. LOL. And guess what, we are allowed to be! But that shouldn’t keep you from getting your head space right for the rest of this week.
I hope this email got you fired up and excited to go kick some hump–daybutt :)
I believe in you, and I would love to hear what you did this week to crush your goals, so please feel free to leave a comment below it.
AND>>>> Here is one reader’s response to the above blog, sent out in yesterday’s email >>>
“Your message applies -- whether it's Wednesday (the Pause),
the Weekend (the Pause-Before-Monday),
holidays (the week-long pause before everything),
Summer (the pause before the school year starts)
or middle of the day (the pause that just keeps going all day long).
You're absolutely right -- there is always an excuse as to why it's ok to wait before doing something (which is astounding because there is always SO MUCH TO DO !!! ).
The poet Frank O'Hara said it really well: Never be bored; never be boring. His line was: "Grace to be born and live as variously as possible."
Or as the band Onerepublic sings:
"And I hope that you don't suffer
But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived"
Delay is just wishing one's life away. And that's the worst thing of all.
There's an English novelist, Jeanette Winterson. She said, "Life is very short and goes by quickly. The worst thing of all and the thing most in life to be avoided is indifference."