18 January 2016
How are you feeling? January blues set in?
According to the media, of you’re feeling the low of winter, you’re not alone. Today is reportedly Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year. Why? The weather? Mid-way through a long, expensive month?
Whilst I appreciate January can be a long, cold and expensive month, it seems ludicrous to me to name something to highlight such a negative day. It could easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Can you feel motivated if everyone around you is telling you that today is a terrible day?
I am a firm believer in feeding the wolf that brings you the most positivity. The concept of wolves comes from an old tale, reportedly a Cherokee legend, but much replicated on the internet. It goes a little like this:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside of me,” he says to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil; he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
“The other is good; he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“The same fight is going on inside you, and every other person, too.”
The grandson thinks for a minute and asks: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replies: “The one you feed.”
Naming a day as the ‘most depressing of the year’ is, without a doubt, feeding the wrong wolf!
I’ve been over at Media City speaking on BBC Radio today about the kind of workplace we have at UKFast and how we do our best to avoid any of our team having a ‘depressing day’ no matter the time of year.
Today’s Town Hall meeting – where we gather the whole team, every Monday, to kickstart the week – was one of the most positive we’ve had. Planning the year ahead, setting new challenges and celebrating the team’s achievements so far, you can’t help but be motivated.
Ultimately, it comes down to you. Will you succumb to a media-frenzied day that’s telling you that you should feel bad, or will you feed the wolf that breeds positivity and energy? I know which I will be focussing on.