Do you know what people find weirder than putting milk first before cereal? Loving Monday. So I guess I’m a weirdo now because I have epic Monday Motivation! In fact, it’s my favorite day of the week even before I retired because:
- I always try to spice it up! Every Monday, I do something new like playing video games before going to work or reading a book for an hour. So it’s never the same old thing for me.
- I see it as a starting point. Do you know how people always say they’ll change tomorrow? The problem is that tomorrow never comes. Monday gives me a solid deadline to form a habit.
- I’m 1-week closer to acheiving my awesome and motivating financial goals.
- It’s just exciting. The new stuff I’m doing makes things super exciting. And who knows what’s going to happen this week?
But I get why most people think that Mondays suck. So to help you get through the week, I compiled motivational quotes to give you that much-needed Monday boost.
And if that doesn’t work out for you, check out the next part of this post where I shared four tips that will help you love Mondays as much as I do.
Monday Motivation Quotes to Change Your Perspective.
“Monday morning you sure look fine.”
- Lindsey Buckingham
“Believe on Monday the way you believe on Sunday.”
- Rita Schiano
“Monday morning: hate it or love it. It’s just another day to rock on till the break of dawn.”
- Maybe some guy who doesn’t know what day it is
“Okay, it’s Monday but who said Mondays have to suck? Be a rebel and have a great day anyway.”
- Kimberly Jiménez
“Don’t let the word Monday scare you, do something awesome”
- Maybe some dude who did something awesome on a Monday
“If you don’t design your own life plan on Monday, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ”
- Jim Rohn
“May your coffee be strong and your Monday productive.”
- Linda Padilla Ad
“The worst part of my Mondays is hearing you complain about Mondays.”
- Some guy who doesn’t get the hate on Monday
Quotes about taking action and keeping yourself motivated
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”
- Stephen R. Covey
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
- Jen Sincero
“Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”
- Tom Lehrer
“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off and do anything to make it happen.”
- Some dude who knows better than to wait for greatness
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
- Henry David Thoreau
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
- Zig Ziglar
“Anybody, somebody or nobody is ever going to make your life any more than you are willing to do for yourself. So, stop looking around for anybody to do something for you; instead, get your own body going and get it done now.”
- Byron Pulsifer
“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.”
- Elbert Hubbard
“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing ’till it gets there.”
- Josh Billings
“Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.”
- Homer Simpson
“Goal setting is similar to traveling from point A to point B within a city. If you clearly understand what the goal is, you will definitely reach the destination because you know its address.”
- Thomas Abreu
“So long as your desire to explore is greater than your desire to not screw up, you’re on the right track.”
- Ed Helms
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
- Mark Twain
“Even if you’re on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”
- Will Rogers
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”
- Charles Dickens
Quotes to help you create a winning mindset
“Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you’re donating blood.”
- Bill Murray
“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.”
- Robert Orben
“Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”
- Brian Tracy
“Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.”
- Robert Brault
“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, ‘I’m not going to make it’, but you laugh inside remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.”
- Charles Bukowski
“I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.”
- Probably some guy who became his own cheerleader
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
- Thomas Eddison
“I have to be successful because I like expensive things.”
- Lisa Lieberman-Wang
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bull**** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
- Jordan Belfort
“Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.”
- Some guy who really wanted to be a billionaire
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
- Charles F. Kettering
Still down on Mondays? Here are a few things you can do
1 – Don’t tire yourself out on Sundays.
Since you only have full days for your non-work stuff, it’s tempting to pack in all the fun in one weekend. But don’t. Most likely, you’ll feel like hell on Monday and see it as a curse of the gods for making it to adulthood.
What’s happening here is basic classical conditioning. Eventually, you learn to associate the crappy feeling with Monday even if you just rested all weekend.
You have 52 weekends plus holidays. Distribute your activities more evenly.
2 – Reward yourself for making it to Monday.
This is my version of reverse UNO-ing myself to eventually loving Mondays. Instead of dreading going to work, I find something exciting to do.
But it doesn’t have to be an activity. If you want, you could have your favorite breakfast every Monday. Find what motivates you to get out of bed.
By creating a reward, you have something to look forward to.
3 – Think of it as just another day.
Because really, that’s just what it is. If the work week started on Tuesday, we’ll all have jokes about how much we hate it.
You already know that for me, Monday is so much more than that.
But if you really can’t get yourself into the loving Monday bandwagon I’m forming, you should at least be neutral about it. What did Monday ever do to you, anyway?
Just focus on what you have to do, and make it to the next weekend. The alternative would be seeing Monday as just five days from the weekend.
4 – Figure out why you hate Monday and transform that into motivation.
Garfield doesn’t deserve to be the role model of anyone wanting to achieve financial freedom. Besides, you have more potential and control over your life than a fat, sarcastic, orange Persian Tabby.
So stare the problem at its face: why do you hate Monday?
I think that for many people, it’s because they have to work instead of living on a perpetual weekend when they can do whatever they want. That’s why you never hear retired people hate Monday.
So if you’re nowhere near retirement, you’d still have a lot of Mondays to endure. You may crack under pressure so do something about it now.
The reason you hate Monday can be exactly why you’ll learn to love it. For example, if you hate traffic, you’ll look forward to that Monday when you can just stay at home.
And let’s face it: not everybody gets their dream job because there’s not enough job openings for cop-slash-pirate-slash-ninja. It’s time to let that dream die.
At the very least, you should think of your job as a vehicle that will eventually get you to early retirement. So my advice?
Always look at the bright side! Every Monday, you’re a week closer to financial freedom.
Have you seen how kids will count the days to their birthday or to the holidays? Adopting that mindset will help you a lot with seeing Mondays differently.
The only way to get to your long-term financial goals is by taking action. I’ve talked about how important a job is in creating capital that you can invest and eventually retire on. So really, this is part of the work you have to put in.
Believe me, you’ll get there. You’re always one Monday closer to financial freedom and early retirement. Happy Monday!
3 thoughts on “Make Monday your best day: Monday Motivation (and 32 quotes)”
Monday’s definitely don’t have to be bad – and it definitely helps if you have margin to design what your work life looks like.
That’s true! Maybe I’m cheating a little bit these days, but I’ve always been a Monday guy (after weekends stopped being a 20year old party fiesta :P)
I liked all the quotes.