I heard this quote on a podcast last week, and it’s been rockin my world ever since.
I’ve never been a morning person, but I’ve always loved the idea. Getting up early, having some time alone, being proactive about the day.
I’ve always stayed up way too late, making it pretty impossible to be a morning person without being extremely tired.
There was a time 4 years ago where I joined the Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping 10 week challenge. I woke up at 5am, every morning for 10 weeks and went to the gym. At the time I was still working for Target. So, three days a week I would head to my job at Target right after working out. I did it every day. I didn’t miss one workout in those 10 weeks. I was the only one in my group to do that. It was the first time, that I was a “morning person” – getting up early, before the sun.
The, I started my photography business. Work for me consisted of staying up late editing, learning, getting galleries out, etc. I remember those early days – sometimes I would be up until 2 am.
So naturally, this made it hard for me to get up early because I was staying up way too late.
At the end of 2018, I started hearing from podcast, books, people about the benefits of waking up early. I’ve always wanted this to be true about me. And so at the beginning of 2019 I started getting up early. I made it a point to go to bed around 9:30pm so that I could wake up in the morning. For a few weeks it went well, I was feeling great!
Then, I got busy with work and I regressed. Then I realized that when I was getting up early, I had better days – so I started getting up early again. Then, I wold get busy and regress – staying up too late. Then I realized that when I was getting up early, I had better days. You see that pattern.
This went on for about 3 months. Me KNOWING that my days were better when I was up before everyone else, getting a start on the day. As the pattern continued the days of me staying up late decreased. I found other times to do my work, or do it more efficiently, so I could set myself up for success to get up early.
It is now May. And I’m happy to say, that I’m officially a morning person. The entire month of April – I’ve been up early every.single.day. Even on the weekends. This change in my life wasn’t easy. It took months. I know people say that it takes 30 days to change a habit, but not this one. Not for me. 4 months. But, I love it!
Here are somethings that I’ve realized:
- I’m more patient when I’m up early and I’m proactive about the day.
- I have more energy throughout the day.
- I love working out in the morning.
- I love having time to be silent and read/write, etc.
- I love watching the sun come up.
- I love how quite the mornings are.
Here’s to hoping for more changes this year. And here’s hoping that this will be an encouragement to you. If you are working towards a goal and it is taking a while, know that real change takes time. Don’t give up – keep going. Even if you regress. Tomorrow is a new day to start again. There is no such thing as perfection, so keep working toward progress. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.