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How to Successfully Start a New Week

How often have you decided that something will be awful before it's even had a chance to begin? What
How to Successfully Start a New Week
How often have you decided that something will be awful before it’s even had a chance to begin?
What I mean is: How often have you, by your very thinking, forced an event to turn out exactly how you thought it would–just plain terrible?
Many people determine the tone of their week before the days’ events even arrive.
And what happens? Bad things happen, and the week is ruined.
But if you can predict bad things to come, can you predict the opposite?

A gift for you.
A gift for you.
How a Bad Week Starts
This is what often happens when a new week starts.
The brain latches onto the one or two things it doesn’t like about the week to come. It then proceeds to direct your focus to obsess over those dreaded events. This rumination overtakes your regular thought processes, and soon you believe the entire week will be bad. All before breakfast on Monday morning!
But here are serious questions: How do you know the week will be bad? Honestly, how do you truly know what will ever come to pass?
Anything can happen at any time. Any event can take place, and part of the joy of living life is the randomness and serendipity of approaching and analyzing events as they arrive.
Yet, we humans are guilty of painting the world with a negative hue. Prejudging situations is how our ancestors stayed alive. But it doesn’t serve us well anymore.
Here’s a better approach.
Start the Week With Bright Colors
If you can paint the world in darker shades, you can surely paint it in hopeful, positive colors.
Now, I’m not about to tell you to just “Think positive!” and “Look on the bright side!” That kind of ultra-positive thinking isn’t realistic. And it prevents you from holding a nuanced understanding of the world, an understanding that allows you to see the whole picture.
What I am saying is that if you can predict that your week will be bad, you can also predict that your week will be good. This mindset shift isn’t a resolution of all of your problems. But it does create the fertile ground in which good things can grow.
Plants need healthy soil to emerge into the light. Hopeful thinking is the healthy soil for the week to come.
Try these thought processes as you start your week.
  1. Think of what could potentially bring you joy this week.
  2. Rehearse the great actions you can take in response to frustrating situations.
  3. Realistically assess the good and the bad that might come to pass.
  4. Predict the situations that could work out in your favor–and then take the necessary actions to help the cards fall that way.
Human beings have the gift of being able to plan ahead and take action to position themselves for success.
How often have you positioned yourself for failure before the week has even begun?
Guess what? That’s not going to happen this week, my friend.
This week will be different.
This week, you have new glasses through which you’ll see the world.
So, intentionally begin your week with a hopeful approach.
If you do that, it doesn’t really matter what happens. You’ll know that you can handle whatever comes, that the world doesn’t want to see you fail, and that the more you plan for good, the more good will plan to arrive for you.

Have a great week. I’m thinking it will be a good one for you. You can prove me wrong, but I don’t recommend it. :)

With love and admiration,
Jordan

Jordan Brown - Let's build a #MentalHealthMovement
This week will be terrible.

How often have you thought that?

It's common.

But give the week a fair chance to begin.

It might surprise you.

You might surprise yourself.

Give yourself a fair chance to begin.

#MondayMorning

#MondayMotivation

#MondayMood
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