Avoid the Blues

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
Audrey Hepburn


Last Monday was Blue Monday. We are told this was the most depressing day of the year. I marvelled at the effort many organisations went to so as to create awareness and to help employees through it. Such was frenzy surrounding this phenomenon that it was difficult to ignore.

I wondered if there was a science behind it. I soon learnt that a psychologist from Cardiff, Dr Arnall, using a formula he devised based on research data determined that the 3rd Monday of the year was the most depressing day of the year. While there is no scientific evidence to back-up this claim, many people believe it – after all our organisations, the media and every outlet we lend our ears to tell us it is blue Monday, so we believe it!

The same parallels can be drawn for our goals and aspirations. Challenges, circumstances, people including ourselves give us reasons why we cannot achieve our goals. We sometimes give ourselves a myriad of reasons why we can’t or why it is impossible to do. Next we begin to experience self-doubt. We question our ability to achieve our goals and reach our full potential.

My conclusion: If you tell yourself enough times, you will start to believe it whether it is true or not. So Why not tell yourself that you can? There are certainly just as many reasons “for” as there are “against” you achieving your goals and  your full potential. Tell yourself those “for” reasons as often as you need to until your subconscious believes it too. Surround yourself with positivity and great examples of success.

I leave you with this video someone shared with me last week. You are what you say you are. Believe.



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