It's Monday. Do you know what that means? No, it doesn't mean, "Blah." It doesn't mean, "Ugh, I have to go to work."

It means, "It's time to get to work!"

It's amazing how many people see Mondays as a bad thing. Mondays are a new beginning. A chance to start again, with a newfound sense of excitement and focus. And if you're lacking those things, then guess what? That's what Mondays are for--fresh starts.

Start now.

1. Nothing Is Going To Happen Unless You Make It Happen

Want a swift kick of reality? If you aren't already locked down, you will be soon. Are you a 20-something in a comfy 9-5 with dreams of becoming an entrepreneur "one day?" Guess what. Unless you put your nose to the grindstone, you are going to be married with three kids paying a mortgage on a street named after a tree. If that's what you want, more power to you. But if that's not what you want, then you better realize that unless you get to work now, that reality is going to creep up on you a lot sooner than you think.

2. Mondays Give You An Unfair Advantage

While the rest of the world is complaining about it being Monday, you can take it upon yourself to capitalize on the masses' laziness. Instead of lounging back, lunge forward. Get in the zone. Get cracking on whatever needs to get done. Let the others complain. While they're blabbering about their annoying jobs, you'll be one step closer toward making your dream come true.

3. Recognize Fellow Hustlers

When you put yourself in the zone, you'll start to see through the clouds and pick out other people around you who share a similar mentality. It can be easy to get discouraged and feel like everyone around you is just "settling." But when you're on top of your game, you will see the hustlers stand out from the pack--which means you'll know who you need to connect with in order to grow and expand your network.

4. Try To Beat Last Week's Record

How much did you get done last week? Were you moderately productive? Very productive? Extremely productive? Great. Now this week, try to beat it. Be better this week than you were last week--and use Monday as the day to set the pace.

5. What You Have Doesn't Matter If You're Not Happy

Want the realest reminder in the world? That car or that purse or that vacation you just bought doesn't mean anything if you spend the other 51 weeks out of the year doing something you don't enjoy. If you wake up every Monday tolerating your life, you aren't living. You aren't even coasting. You're enduring.

Monday is a reminder of where you are and where you're headed. And if you don't like where you're headed, then get your head in the game--you have some work to do.