Take a trip to any city or town in most of the world with a week to go to Christmas and streets and shops are packed with people buying stuff, most of which nobody needs.
If only we could transfer that energy and activity to doing a kindness for another human being who is perhaps less fortunate than we are, wow, what a different world it would be.
Perhaps, over the next 7 days, we could choose to just do one small random act of kindness each day, it may become a habit we want to continue beyond 7 days.
How did you start this Monday?
Did you think just another week?
Are you in a routine that is becoming a little mundane?
This is the challenge for us all. Nearly all endeavours have a degree of routine, they become every day, they become a little monotonous.
Staying fresh and enthusiastic is a challenge.
Routine is vital for success, the small daily steps that keep our momentum going. Paradoxically, they become a little dull after a period.
The counterbalance to all of this is to know when it is time to do something new, to start a new project or to take a break.
As much as routine is the bedrock of most success stories so is the ability to be bold enough to freshen things up and to do something that changes that routine.
What if we made it a new routine to try to do something slightly different on a regular basis, to aim to be 1% better each week or to gamify our habits, to bring in an element of fun, of to try a little uncertainty?
Blending routine and excitement together is a tricky thing but it is the small subtle changes that add up to a big outcome over time. Often when we do not do something to alter our routines we burn out over time and then end up having to make a big change which is always very hard and rarely works.
If you start the week thinking ‘just another week’ then it is time to do something different but slowly and step by step.