We’ve all heard someone say it, and likely even experienced it ourselves at some point… We show up at work on Monday and everything we touch turns to something far, far different than gold! This rings true with so many people that is earned a role in the movie “Office Space” in the late 90’s. The main character is borderline despondent about being at work and that one oh-so-annoying co-worker comes by and says “Sounds like someone has a case of the Monday’s!”
I’ve found far more humor in this movie over the years than was likely appropriate. At one point, I even remember coordinating with my own co-workers to determine who in our office matched different characters from the movie; and we absolutely had a printer we would have loved to take to a field just like they did with their fax machine!
Now to the point: During our second session in the Mastermind Group Study of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth last evening, one topic we discussed related to The Law of Reflection was the importance of evaluation our experiences to make sure we actually found the lesson. John makes a profound statement in this chapter, saying that “almost everything I learn comes from reflection.” Having written over 100 books, being the highest paid non-celebrity speaker in the world, and teaching leadership principles in every corner of the globe on a weekly basis, that’s quite a statement. A point we covered that ties directly to this was how one person can have 20 years of experience in their field, but at times, we run into someone who has 1 year of experience that they’ve repeated 20 times in the same field because they choose not to evaluate their experience.
This takes me to a point we didn’t have time to dig into (and the subject line of this email): if our “Monday’s” are consistently bad, to the point that we have that case of the Monday’s, shouldn’t we be doing anything we can to find a way to change that? All too often, we as leaders are very action-oriented. We’re always running in high gear, addressing issues as they arise – putting out the fires… sound familiar? Instead of addressing the symptom, we should really be working to identify the cause. That’s where applying The Law of Reflection becomes critical. John suggests that we schedule this time on our calendars just like every other important event in our day, then guard it as the priority it should be.
Can you think of an issue that you deal with on a frequent basis? Over the years, I’ve often heard the phrase “there’s no problem in the world that sustained thought can’t overcome.” With that perspective, does it really make sense to ever succumb to a case of the Monday’s again?