When the Boomtown Rats sang about how they didn’t like Mondays, they got that certainly right: Nobody likes the beginning of a workweek, especially those frustrated with their current jobs. If you can relate, there’s some relief for you: Dan Miller’s book “No More Dreaded Mondays” (Broadway Business).
Miller, career coach, talk-show host and bestselling author has dedicated his life to helping people across the country who are frustrated with their careers to stop dreading Mondays, once and for all. “No More Dreaded Mondays” gives specific and practical steps you can use to integrate your talent and passions with your work. Whether you are embarking on a second career or renewing your passion and creativity at your current job, or are a manager desperate to better motivate and inspire your employees, the book can provide you with the tools to finding happiness–even on Monday mornings.
Miller believes everyone has their own individual calling, and it’s that calling you need to identify to be truly happy. If your work is boring, exhausting or monotonous, you’re clearly unconnected to your true calling, Miller says. Your work is not something you just do; it’s your best opportunity to answer your calling and leave a lasting legacy.
Many people know what they ultimately want to do career-wise, so why aren’t most of them doing it already? The answer is: Excuses, excuses, excuses.
“Are you stuck working at a job you hate? Who’s forcing you to get up every morning and go back there? Just like Charlie Brown, you’re making your own lunch for the day. If you’re tired of bologna, what are you doing to make a different lunch?”
People often portray themselves to be victims of circumstances, Miller says. An IBM employee who was fired after visiting pornographic Web sites during work hours tried to sue the company, claiming Internet addiction. Others sue for hot coffee, roads full of potholes or other equally ridiculous reasons.
“Shifting personal responsibility has become a national pastime,” Miller writes. “Blaming, complaining, whining, and procrastination are the immediate results. We see it from the 2-year-old to the corporate CEO.”
In addition to ceasing the negative thinking, Miller says to start relying on others for your own success. Your boss may not give you a raise for the goodness of his or her heart, so you need to ask for it. Simply, be proactive. If you have great ideas and insight, be persistent in expressing them. And don’t give up if you meet resistance: In 1902, a young poet received a rejection letter from The Atlantic Monthly, saying “Our magazine has no room for your vigorous prose.”
Instead of giving up, that poet worked even harder and never lost sight of his passion, and eventually became a best-selling writer.
His name? Robert Frost.