We’ve all gone out and gotten drunk off our asses for the 8th weekend in a row, promising that “next week I’ll give it up.” Everyone has had a little too much to eat for a few weeks, or maybe a few years, and promises that on Monday, they’ll “start dieting”.
But there’s no more of an opportunity to change on Monday than there is on Sunday. Monday never comes. Monday is just an illusion. A transitory savior fashioned by reluctant minds, to create some sort redemption from their short-comings of the day before. It’s an imaginary time where we commit to doing imaginary things that we wouldn’t actually have the discipline to do in reality, and that’s why living Monday-to-Monday never works. No one ever started dieting just because it’s Monday. No one stops binge drinking just because it’s Monday. No one finishes their growing stack of paper work just because it’s Monday.
My friends, Monday is a lie that you need to stop trying to believe in.
Improving is not something that can be decided to do on one day of the week instead of the other. If you constantly live with this concept in your mind that somehow once Monday rolls around everything is suddenly better, you’ll never get anywhere. What happens if you fuck up on Thursday? Do you figure, “Oh well, there’s only 3 days left to the week. I might as well enjoy it as my last 3 days before I do better on Monday!”
Every day, you have the choice to improve yourself, and to make things right. You have to choose to dedicate yourself to life-long commitments, and follow them closely on a daily basis. You can’t care so much about what the name of the day is, since doing so implies that one day is much different than the other. If we had no emotional attachment to the names for every day, we would have no “Monday” excuse to hide behind, and we might all be making a little more progress. If you can’t decide to do something TODAY there is little hope that you’ll suddenly decide to do it tomorrow. You’ll be like every other procrastinator at the beginning of every new week.
What it really comes down to, is not whether or not you have what it takes to succeed. Your progress is determined by how much you WANT to succeed. If you really wanted what you were after, you would never make an excuse to improve yourself. You wouldn’t wait until the next day; you’d start fresh the next minute.
When it comes to change, there is no Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. There is only TODAY. It’s more than just putting in some hours at the gym, or going to work every morning. Being dedicated to what you want to get done requires sacrifice, and if you are truly dedicated, you will not make excuses to postpone your progress. Who is to say that you won’t say the same thing for the next 5 months? What happens when every week becomes a new week to “start fresh”?
Always waiting until tomorrow is no way to live your life. And chances are, if you’ve already waited until today to get something done that you should have last week, you won’t get it done tomorrow either.