Every Monday morning a reminder pops up that says: Write the best MondayMotivator in the world. Inspire people and get them to think and grow.
That reminder has been there for over 10 years now and I haven’t missed a Monday. Sick in bed, no internet, on holiday etc, I’ve somehow sent a MondayMotivator.
I’ve learned a lot about myself and met a lot of good people. This email was started because my Life was on shaky ground, I wanted to start the week off positively, I wanted to stay in touch with all the business contacts I made with something other than sales and marketing stuff, but most of all it was the discipline of writing every Monday that anchored my week and therefore my Life.
Here are the 5 things I feel are important after 10 years and are in no particular order.
1. Do it for the right reasons, for YOU.
These reasons can range from saving your butt to helping others to making $$. But make sure the reason is yours and it will make it easier to put up with the stuff that is bound to come your way.
2. I can stick to something.
I’ve been a lot of things in my life and had the label that I’m ‘easily distracted’ applied to me. Labels are hard to shake but I’m thinking that after writing the MondayMotivator for 10 years, yup, I can stick to something and be consistent. That discipline has flowed through to the rest of my life.
3. You CAN make a difference.
I’ve had the most amazing feedback and conversations from sending the MondayMotivator. It’s been humbling to receive emails that say I’ve really touched on something for a person.
4. There is a LOT you don’t know you don’t know.
Researching for MondayMotivators has taken me to some very interesting places and I’ve learned things about the World and People I never knew existed. The internet is a wonderful place to learn and Wikipedia is the start, not the finish, for your investigations.
5. Change for the sake of Change is not always good.
Digging deeper into relationships, asking more questions and learning more can be a way to get more from what you do and who you’re with. Change upsets a lot of people. Yourself included. Our minds are made in such a way that we like to think we can see into the future. We can’t and we can’t rely on what we think something will be like in the future, because it won’t be.
And one more thing.
6. Know when to quit.
Over the past year or so the MondayMotivator has become something I have to do rather than something I want to do. It’s become a chore. I’ve followed my own advice but, as it was pointed out to me recently, the messages are no longer powerful. So this will be the last MondayMotivator.
That was hard to write. This, and you have been a big part of my life for over 10 years. Some people have been receiving them for over 10 years. That’s amazing. I really appreciate being let in to someone’s space every week and I’ve never taken it for granted. I preach your database is gold and it should be treated as such because it’s people, not ‘businesses’, people.
Thank you being part of my Life and making it richer. But most of all, thank you for reading and just before I go here is a quote from one of my first MondayMotivators:
“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore… they had better aim at something high.” Henry David Thoreau.
Thanks for reading. Aim high.