You may remember reading this in a past article. It’s not the first time I have written about it. I used to work at a company where the owner would tell me just about every Monday morning that he loved Mondays. And quite often on Friday afternoons he would say that he was looking forward to Monday morning. His reasoning was simple. On Mondays he had five days ahead with opportunities to make money. I can say that he was always prepared and excited to get me on board to start creating these chances first thing in the morning.
Depending upon your perspective you may think that his work philosophy is utterly deranged, or just good old common sense. And you’re right. We all talk a lot about what needs to be done first thing on Monday to be successful. We focus on strategy, goals and timelines. We talk resources we need. We focus on making sure the right resources are available to get the job done. We talk a lot about people we need. We focus on skill sets, experience, and behaviors. But how much do we talk about attitude?
There is a tale about a shoe manufacturer who sent two salespeople to a third world country in search of new business opportunities and to report back on the potential.
One salesperson calls his boss the moment the plane lands, telling him, “I’m coming back. There’s no hope of selling shoes, nobody here wears them.” The second salesperson calls and reports, “You wouldn’t believe what I found here. There is so much opportunity. No one here is wearing shoes. I have the whole country I can sell to.”
In my case it wasn’t until I started my own business that understood how important it was that I make a certain amount of money each week. And how important it is to be focused and prepared to start first thing every Monday morning if I wanted to make the most each week. These days as a coach I like to tell people that if you change the angle from which you look, you might see things you’ve never seen before. You may see exactly what the business owner I was associated with and the second salesperson in the story saw, opportunity everywhere.
When the alarm goes off on Monday morning I like to be ready to seize my opportunities. How about you are you prepared, or are you still in weekend mode? Abraham Lincoln said, “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” To me it’s all about my attitude!
I like to tell myself chances are everywhere. When we have an outlook and consciousness of expecting something special to happen every day, it will happen. We’ll find the right people; we’ll move in the right circles, we’ll bump into the right solutions. And it all starts with that opening of the mind and being set to discover them on Monday morning.
William “Bud” Hart is a certified “Mindset” Coach, Accountability Partner and Business Consultant. Visit Hart Group, www.hartgroupma.com for more on coaching