10 Inspirations to Jumpstart a Monday

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Yes, it really is Monday morning.

You’re sitting at your desk, your cup of coffee is getting frosty. Your pleasant weekend memories are fading, and today’s project is staring you straight in the face.

Need a little motivation to kick it into gear? Ten inspirations below may help to motivate you.


1. Friendship is when people know all about you, but like you anyway.

Whew. Good to know especially if you got a bit crazy this past weekend.

2. You don’t know what you don’t know. ~ Professor Robert Bruner, UVA’s Darden School

What stone have you left unturned? What question have you not asked? Who can you ask, what have I missed? A simple reminder that we all miss stuff, and to keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to make your project more successful. Truth is, we don’t know everything.

3. Not everyone likes strawberry jam. ~ Amy M.

We all see the world differently, and assuming that people think and feel the same as you can limit your potential. Walk in the shoes of the person across from the table, and you may see your project from another angle.

4. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James

No matter how big, or small, what you are doing is important.

5. Always make new mistakes. ~ Esther Dyson

Take the opportunity to be risky. Try a new idea. But, a very big but, do not keep making the same lame mistake over and over and expect a different result.

6. This is your world. Shape it or someone else will. ~ Gary Lew

Sitting on the sidelines, or making a non-decision (which is really a decision), allows the rest of the world to make the world to their liking, not yours.

7. Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. ~ Ronald Niebuhr

Focus your time and talents on what you can impact. If something is out of your control, put it in the balloon, and let it float away out of your mind. Smart people take the time to practice this simple ask.

8. Avoid making irrevocable decisions while tired or hungry. ~ Robert Heinlein.

Or, while pissed off. Take a deep breath, eat, or take a nap. Then take action.

9. The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost

Avoiding, denying, forgetting, or blowing off something challenging tends to bite you in the butt. Just put one foot in front of the other. Onward. 

10. Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble of hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things, and still be calm in your heart.

If all else fails. Get another cup of coffee.

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Laurel Peltier

Laurel writes the monthly environmental GreenLaurel column. A graduate of UVA's MBA program, she spends her time with her family and making "all things green" interesting. She co-wrote the Abell Foundation Report detailing Maryland's dysfunctional energy supplier marketplace and the negative outcomes for low-income households.
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