The exercise is beautifully simple. Each Sunday evening you have to ask yourself ‘Do I want to go to work tomorrow?’
This practice is so effective as it gets to the point of what we are doing with our life. If you answer no then you can dig into why not. It may be a one off thing, you had a heavy weekend and can’t face the Monday alarm. That’s fine, control the controllables, get an early night, rehydrate and you’ll feel better when the morning actually comes. If you find that you are answering no more regularly then it’s time to step back and start asking bigger questions.
The point of this practice is action. It forces you to face your reality and encourages you to take action and do something about it. How many people do you know that bitch and whine about their situations without doing anything about it? Social media would be a much happier place if everyone adopted the Sunday question!
If you find yourself answering no on a regular basis then it’s time to do some re-evaluating. What is your purpose? Is work fulfilling this? Do you get a chance to do what you’re best at every day at work? Does work give you the opportunity to grow and develop? These are just some of the questions that you might want to start asking yourself.
Unfortunately it is all too common to see people head down a career path, build a life around it and then realise that it is a million miles away from their true calling, they then feel stuck in that path in order to pay the bills, every day feeling more unfulfilled and lost. If this is you then use the Sunday question to motivate you to take action. Reframe your job situation and start working on your passion in your spare time, ask your manager for different responsibilities to use your strengths more often or just start looking for a new opportunity. Whatever it is you have to do something, get in motion.
My late Grandad always told me that I had to find passion in my work, that if I love what I do I’ll never work a day in my life. I remember this advice daily and if I feel work shifting away from my purpose I’ll do something about it.
So, ask yourself the magic question this Sunday and start taking action.