Waking up with Purpose

I am not a morning person. But I knew something had to change. I was tired of waking up late to the kids begging for food, and me feeling exhausted all throughout the day.

I read Hello Mornings earlier this year and found it to be incredibly encouraging. Yet I still struggled to get up in the morning.

Well, I was recently very inspired by a book I read called The Miracle Morning (I read it on kindle for free through my Prime membership) and have finally started waking up with purpose.

He posed these questions, which made me pause and reflect:
Why did you bother getting out of bed this morning? Think about that for a second… Why do you wake up most mornings? Why do you leave the comfort of your warm, cozy bed? Is it because you want to? Or do you delay waking up until you absolutely have to?
He added a short time later, "When you delay waking up until you have to—meaning you wait until the last possible moment to get out of bed and start your day—consider that what you’re actually doing is resisting your life."

This is profound. That's exactly what I was doing: resisting my life. I had drudgery at the thought of my day starting and put it off until I absolutely had to get up. It was doing no benefit for anyone, especially myself.

I was determined to start getting up for my day, not to my day. I wanted to start my day on my own terms in my own way, not feeling behind and rushed from the beginning. Not resisting the start of my day but embracing it.

And it has worked tremendously in many different ways:
  • I have started sleeping better.
  • I'm waking up naturally and slightly before my alarm.
  • I'm not as tired during the day.
  • I'm not starting the day overwhelmed and disheartened.
  • I'm starting the day in peace.
  • I'm starting the day with prayer and Bible reading which centers my heart for the day.

I'm about a month in on this new endeavor, but it is already paying off, as you can see.

Next week I plan to share exactly what I do with this newfound time in the morning. For now, I hope this has inspired you to think about mornings a little bit differently.

And if you are ready to take the plunge and start getting up early, here are just a few tips to help get you started:

1. Prepare the night ahead.

Sit a glass of water by your bed, have your clothes ready, know what you are going to do (this is actually step 4). Whatever is going to make the morning easier, do it the night before.

2. Rehearse positive self-talk.

I shared about this earlier this week, but I've really seen a positive impact on using mantras to change my thought patterns. Instead of saying to myself, "This is too hard," or "Ugh! I want to be in bed," I repeated the phrase, "I am becoming a morning person" at night and first thing in the morning. This literally will change our thoughts.

3. Set your alarm.

You can't rely on waking up on your own when you are just starting to build a habit. So set your alarm. It's okay to start slowly here. Wake up 15 minutes early, then 30 minutes, and work your way to your ideal wake up time.

4. Have a morning routine planned out.

I mentioned this above, but it is very important! Have a plan for what you are going to do. I'm going to share my morning routine next week, but until then think about the things that will start your day on the right foot and write them out so you don't have to think about it in the morning. Otherwise you'll be up but have nothing productive planned out to do.

5. Get up out of bed.

This is the hardest step. But you simply have to get out of bed. Don't linger in bed and fall back asleep. Physically get up and find a different place to be.

I hope your mornings can be an anchor to start your day the way you want to.

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