You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. You gotta figure out how to show up even when it sucks.
Does that hit home or what?
How many times have you quit on yourself because you’re feeling ‘meh’?
Using those low energy vibes as an excuse gets you, well, nowhere.
Maybe you’re feeling the effects of Blue Monday (I had no idea this was a day, until a client shared it with me)
It’s the third Monday of the year and considered by some to be the most depressing day of the year due to:
- Worsening weather (can we just be done with this winter already?!)
- Those holiday bills have hit your credit card statement screaming “pay me, pay me.”
- Lapsed New Year’s resolutions.
This Blue Monday thing explains so much.
The commitment to show up even when it sucks and giving your best is what truly matters. Here’s how to to keep showing up:
1️⃣ Understand Your 100% Varies Daily:
We’ve got to show up and give our all every day. But remember, “all” can look different from one day to the next. Some days, you’re on fire; others, you’re just simmering. And that’s okay.
2️⃣ Early Bird Gets the Worm:
Before the chaos of the day begins, I carve out time for reviewing my day and working out. That means getting up earlier than I’d like (and hitting the bed just as early) to do it. It’s my secret to staying mentally and physically strong and trust me, it’s worth it.
3️⃣ Queue up those Energy-Boosting Rituals:
When you understand the ebb and flow of your energy you can develop a set of energizing rituals that you can turn to on low-energy days. This could include activities like a brisk walk, listening to uplifting music, or engaging in a quick workout. Identify what activities invigorate you and incorporate them strategically throughout your day.
4️⃣ Don’t let an unproductive morning turn into an unproductive day.
This mindset helps me:The “four quarters” method refers to the practice of splitting your day into four sections, morning (5am-9am) late morning (10am-1pm) afternoon (2pm-7pm) and night time (7pm onward) The theory is that separating the day out, you never need to write off a day as “bad” , if you don’t perform at your best in one quarter, you still have the other three.
5️⃣ Embrace the Suck:
Not every day is rainbows and unicorns. Heck, some days feel like you’re dragging 1000lbs behind you. But here’s the truth: even on those days, I take small steps forward instead of delaying my goals. Because in today’s world, WILLINGNESS to show up even if you think it won’t be good enough is a necessity.
Look, we all have days we feel like garbage. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that showing up – even when you’re not feeling it – can make all the difference.
So, no matter where you’re at today, remember: your commitment and dedication are what define you, not just the good days.
Stay strong and keep on keeping on.