Mondays are tough… but not impossible.

I found myself drowning in heaviness and anxiety last week, and the potential for this week already seemed shot. The weekend was good, but now, I have to resume the mundane and pile more responsibility on top of me. How am I supposed to get motivated, have dreams, and secure the bag when I’m already down?

We’ve all been there at some point.

Some of us are still there, and I’m no better. So how can we get motivated? I searched high and low for help, and I found it… on Instagram. Here’s my new favorite workbooks, graphic accounts, and motivators on IG:

@heyamberrae

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I recently f*cked up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I mismanaged some details and expectations in a collaboration, and the other party was left feeling disappointed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When they shared honest feedback with me that was both cringe-worthy and helpful, something Seth Godin shared with me years ago came to mind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He said (and I’m paraphrasing): The wrong question to ask is “What if I fail?” You will fail. We all do. The better question is: “What will I do when I fail?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I realized I had only one choice here: to own up to my mistake, and take responsibility. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here are the steps I took to navigate the situation: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Take responsibility & apologize — Since I f*cked up, I had to own it. I acknowledged where I fell short, and the impact it had on them. I realized that while I can’t change what happened, I was now responsible for how I repaired the situation. Being proactive is key. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Reflect on what happened & what you learned — I took a step back to get perspective by asking: Why did this happen? How did I get myself in this situation? What did I learn here? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Make a commitment — Failures help us learn and grow so long as we take the time to reflect on how we’ll prevent it from happening again in the future. Once I felt clear on the key learnings, I made a new commitment to myself moving forward so I’ll prevent a repeat of the situation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. Forgive yourself — Shaming myself wouldn’t help me heal or move forward. I’m not a bad person. I made a few well-intentioned but not well-thought out mistakes. I’m human. I’m learning. And this was an important lesson on my journey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To learning and growing! ✨

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Amber Rae is one of my favorite digital artists. She creates motivational and uplifting workbooks and prompts that will help you reflect on your current mental and emotional state. Being both cute and helping her audience be vulnerable and real with themselves, Amber Rae has helped so many people look within and break down the chaos of the mind.

How this helps: Journaling has been said to help the mental process, physically break down, and help you cope with situations that cloud your mind. Amber Rae’s posts give you prompts, maps, and outlines to help inspire and look within to help rewire you.

@Findjoy_app

This bilingual account is focused on alchemy, internal reflection, and your personal relationship to the Universe. Whether or not you believe in the signs or not, this account does its best to influence its audience that brighter days are felt with meditation and reflection.

How this helps: Regardless of your feelings towards alchemy, cosmic significance, or meditation, being able to look within yourself and reflect will help you discover (1) your potential, (2) your potential, and (3) find inner peace within and alongside existence.

@jstlbby

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MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY❗️❗️

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Amber Wagner is one of the most influential, iconic voices of digital media right now, and it’s because of her willingness to be transparent and abrasively uplifting. She is the embodiment of love and has the spirit of of both a wildfire and the pep talk you heard from your football coach. Her videos are so inspirational, and I owe a lot to her because she continues to put out the positive messages from her heart for others to hear.

How this helps: As much as I’d like to believe that you need soft, gentle messages of hope, the fact of the matter is that you need to get inspired with fire and passion. Amber Wagner does that. She speaks to the soul with direct, hard-hitting power and motivates you in such a strong way.

At the end of the day, you days (and weeks and months) are what you make it.

Mondays don’t have to be so hard. Search outwardly and you’ll find the answer. Here’s to wishing you the best week. You got this!!!!

Hannah Montana said it best: “Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock.”