Monday Motivation

Week 4


Happy Monday! To start a brand new week, and for today’s Monday Motivation we are going to be focussing on techniques for positivity in the face of adversity.

Martin Seligman found that the difference between pessimists and optimists is that pessimists blame their failures on their own shortcomings which they feel they have no ability to fix, while optimists, regard failure as an experience from which they can learn – a way to grow.

So today, let’s apply our inner optimist to the current situation we find ourselves in and find ways in which we can grow.

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
– Alan Watts


Today, make a list of the ways your life has changed recently. From the obvious ‘staying home’, to new habits, everyday challenges and techniques of coping. Then, from that list, pick out five things that have been positive changes. Lastly, write down how you might apply those new habits or coping techniques in life moving forward.
15 minutes+


For a little inspiration, read this short article on creating growth from hardship.
3 minutes


If you have a little more time today, watch Victoria Milligan’s talk on the power of positivity in the face of adversity and her coping strategies after the tragic and sudden passing of her husband and son (watch from 30:20).
30 minutes


Bonus resource! Have a look at this article and watch the video for an extra dose of positivity that has come out of the COVID crisis.
5 minutes