Day 5 of your survive Blue Monday blueprint:

“If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going.”
Winston Churchill.

The Blue Monday Formula

The Blue Monday Formula. Where: W = Weather, D = Debt, T = Time since Christmas, Q = Time since failing New Years Resolutions, M = Motivational Levels, NA = Need to take Action.

As I sit in my office writing this Qigong Daily post, it’s 07:25.

It’s pitch black outside, the wind is bending the trees in all directions, branches are hanging off and the rain is drumming upon the window.

If you’re in the UK, it’s easy to see how the Weather plays such an important role in the Blue Monday Formula (BMF).

It's Cold OUtsideIt’s so cold this morning I’m wearing a 100% merino wool, long sleeved shirt with my trusty Buffalo on top.

I’m also wearing a wooly hat.

“But why don’t you have the central heating on Marcus?” You ask.

Because it’s so flipping expensive, which leads nicely into the Debt part of the BMF.

What do I know about debt?

I know it’ll be about 12 years before I’m ever offered a credit card again. Let’s just leave it at that.

All I’ll say is that I know how it feels for your heart to miss a beat every time the mail man delivers another batch of white letters with windows. I know how it feels when the phone rings and you have to let the answer-phone filter your calls.

All that changed when I got on a Debt Management Plan. If you’re experiencing debt problems you need to take action now.

There’s plenty of free Debt advice out there, I went with Step Change (formally CCCS) and can’t say enough good things about them. If you’re not in the UK, search around for your countries equivalent.

The ‘Time since Christmas’ part of the BMF doesn’t really apply to me because I don’t really do Christmas, I find it hard to get past the hype surrounding it.

My students don’t usually suffer too much in the ‘Q’ – Time since failing your New Years Resolutions – department. Because they set and regularly review their aims and objectives for their Qigong practice.

So it’s an ongoing process, not a once a year gig.

And in case you’re wondering why most people fail with their New Years Resolutions, it’s because they set unrealistic ‘goals’ and have no plan on how to get there.

That is an brilliant recipe for failure.

Secretly I believe people over a certain age no longer bother setting NYR’s anyway.


Because it’s simply too painful.

Moving on…


Funny one this.

You name it, I’ve probably done it. If there’s a course I’ve probably been on it and if there’s a book or a DVD I’ve probably bought it.

Fire-walking across 2000 degree burning hot coals, writing a ‘cosmic’ shopping list, repeating affirmations throughout the day, focusing only on what I want – Blah, blah, blah.

Done it.


Empty wallet.

Maybe you’re different. But I believe that if you got tens of thousands of people to hop on one leg whilst visualising their hearts desire, you’d be able to collect enough positive testimonials to ‘prove’ that your system works too.


Guess I’m getting old and cynical.

But having said all that I still need a kick in the pants every now and then when my wheels start spinning.

My goto motivator of choice is Eric Thomas AKA The Hip Hop Preacher. And if you’re interested I recommend you search out his TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday) channel on youtube. He’s an acquired taste. But when I’m stuck he always get’s me moving again.

Find something, or someone that gets you moving and hustling and make sure to take regular doses.

Time to start wrapping this up.

Look, nothing lasts for ever… This too shall pass.

Just do something:

  • Go for a walk
  • Eat something nutritious and healthy
  • Smile from Your Heart
  • Practice Qigong
  • Focus on your breath for 5 minutes
  • Contact a free debt advice agency
  • Watch, listen or read something that fires you up

Just do something =)

And if you want more ideas on how to strengthen what I call your Emotional Immune System so you can live a happier, healthier and longer life – in spite of Blue Monday…

Then Invest in a copy of Smiling From The Heart:

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch up with you again on Blue Monday.

Kindsest regards