Five Minutes on Mondays

Monday mornings can be rough, especially when the thought of the week ahead is bleak. That's why Rabbi Alan Lurie started doing his five-minute talks on Monday mornings at Grubb and Ellis, a real estate firm in New York City where he is a managing director.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> Lurie's book, <i>Five Minutes on Mondays</i>, is a compilation of these five-minute talks. Some of his topics include keeping integrity while being successful, finding a deeper meaning in your work, and balancing honor, tradition and faith. His talks have a non-denominational spiritual theme interwoven as a way to achieve these goals.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> One of Lurie's talks, on confidence, outlines the following points:<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> &#x2022; Focus on Your Strengths&#x2014;Know where you are most effective and know your limitations<br clear="none" /> &#x2022; Monitor Self-Talk&#x2014;Think positively and have a good mental attitude <br clear="none" /> &#x2022; Visualize- Visualization helps you anticipate issues before they arise <br clear="none" /> &#x2022; Evaluate Yourself Objectively&#x2014;Have self-confidence but set realistic expectations<br clear="none" /> &#x2022; Give Yourself a Break&#x2014;Don't be too hard on yourself<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> The author encourages the reader to be optimistic while maintaining a realistic outlook at the same time. The times aren't perfect, but there is something to get out of it anyway.<br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> <i>&#x2014; Kassia Shishkoff</i><br clear="none" /> <br clear="none" /> Buy <a href=" target="_blank">Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work</a>.