Want to be a morning person? Do this one thing.

I wake up before 5 a.m. every day because of this one thing:

Meister Eckhart quote

Figure out what makes your soul jump.

You hear all of the time ‘I woke up before 5 am and here’s what I learned’ (blah blah blah blah)…

*Disclaimer, I’m not hating on these pieces because, well, I’m writing one (ha)*

Yes, of course there is so much to learn from other’s whose mornings are spent productive, in a well-crafted and meticulously planned routine in the pre-office hours; however, how did those people live prior to their routine? I know that it’s rare to become a morning person unless you think deep and figure out what works for you. You don’t hear about those ‘successful’ people’s stories prior to their current routine. So I would like to know: How long did it take them to commit to this? How long have they used the routine? What app did they use for their alarm? Does their spouse wake up too?

Point is — it takes a minute to figure this out. Here is what I know: you have to get deep; like, deeper than just reiterating someone else’s routine. I’m talking getting down to that subconscious, molecular level and you have to practice your routine. 

Why do I wake up every morning before 5 a.m.?

  • I wake up and write.
  • I wake up and journal.
  • I wake up and read.
  • I wake up and get spiritual + pray.
  • I wake up and learn.

Then, I go out and live a dang good life and then… I go to bed. And then do it again the next day.

Want to be a morning person?

Start here: “I feel my best after I ___(insert action / task / whatever)_____.

Then, set a reminder and/or alarm with that item in ALL CAPS; example: I set an alarm to ‘HIT THE MAT’ every morning at 4:10 a.m.

Is waking up, crawling onto my yoga mat on the cold hardwood floor actually what I want to do at 4:15 a.m.? Negative.

But, I know the outcome of spending those quiet moments, stretching, meditating, praying and listening is something I have to do to begin my day. I just have to. It took some time to develop this ‘need’ but now, it’s what I need to do.

So, that’s where you start.

Want to be a morning person?

Finish this one sentence: “I feel my best after I _______”.

Then, set the alarm. Commit to the action. Do it once, see how it feels, then do it again… and again… and again.

It’s that simple. Not easy, but simple.

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