Make the Most of Your Mornings: Stop Saying “I’m Not a Morning Person!” (Day 9)
Sorry that I’m getting this up so late (and past my bedtime!). I had it ready earlier but then had computer issues. Hopefully, tomorrow’s post will be up much earlier again. Thanks for your patience as I adjusted to our new homeschooling schedule this week and tried to figure out where blogging was going to fit in! I’m hoping I’ve got it figured out now after four days into our new schedule… we’ll see!
Okay, I’m probably going to step on some toes here, but I want to stick my neck out anyway and say this: As long as you continue to say “I’m not a morning person” you never will be one.
We’re all wired differently. Some of us are better at getting up in the morning. For others, it’s a big struggle. But when you convince yourself that you’re just not a morning person, you’re basically committing yourself to failure before you even try.
Don’t be a defeatist!
You might not be able to get up really early. You might not jump out of bed ready to hit the ground running. You might require more hours of sleep than other people. But don’t let those things keep you from trying or seeking to improve.
If I were to declare “I’m not good with money,” that might be true. But that doesn’t mean the fact that I’ve handled money unwisely in the past needs to define me or be used as an excuse for blowing money on things I don’t need or racking up credit card debt.
Having low expectations of ourselves is one sure way to never rise above the status quo. It’s also sure way to live a mediocre, boring life.
So, no matter what you’ve done or been in the past, don’t let that define you. Instead, start taking steps toward where you hope to be. And keep at it, even when the going is rough.
I loved this comment from Kelli@Taste&See:
I didn’t consider myself a morning person for year and years. I’m still a bit of a morning person-in-training.
However, I just wanted to chime in and say that I didn’t know I had potential to be a morning person until I committed to trying it for three weeks. I hated it – truly hated it – for the first week.
By the 2nd week, I didn’t mind getting up quite so much. By the 3rd week, I found that I really looked forward to my quiet time to myself!
Now I’d like to try adding exercise to my morning routine. I expect to hate that for the first week, too. -Kelli
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that if you start getting up early every morning you’re going to magically turn into someone who loves getting up at the crack of dawn. Nor am I saying that everyone should get up really early.
What I am asking is that you stop and consider whether your preconceived notions about being a certain kind of person are holding you back from success.
My Day 8 Project Update
Bedtime: Um, so much for getting to bed by 9:30 p.m. But hey, after my shopping fiasco, I did at least make it to bed by 10:30.
My Top 5 Evening Must Do’s: Done!
Wake Up Time: 6:30 a.m.: It felt so late, after four much earlier mornings. And I felt behind all day. At least I know that the early morning wake up times are making a big difference. Now if I can just stick with them…!
Day 9 Project
1. Did you determine your bedtime and 5 Evening Must-Do’s? If so, leave a comment telling us how you did on them last night.
2. Did you determine what time you’re going to commit to waking up every morning for the next three weeks? If so, leave a comment telling us how you did this morning!
3. Did you get in some exercise yesterday and eat a nutritious breakfast? If not, make a commitment today to a specific way you’re going to incorporate exercise and a nutritious breakfast into your day.
4. Consider whether you have preconceived notions about yourself that might be holding you back from success.
Other posts in the Make the Most of Your Mornings series
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Introduction (Day 1)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Your Day Starts the Night Before (Day 2)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Getting Out of Bed On the Right Foot (Day 3)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Begin Your Day With a Good Attitude (Day 4)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Have a Plan for the Day (Day 5)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Create a Realistic To-Do List (Day 6)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Get Your Heart Pumping (Day 7)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Eat Something Nutritious (Day 8)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Stop Saying "I'm Not a Morning Person!" (Day 9)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Get Dressed in Something That Makes You Feel Good (Day 10)
- How Changing My Morning Changed My Whole Day
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Don't Focus on Quitting Bad Habits, Focus on Starting Good Habits (Day 11)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Create a Morning Plan of Action (Day 12)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: There Is No One Right Way To Do Anything (Day 13)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: What To Do When You Fall Off the Bandwagon (Day 14)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Remember What Really Matters (Day 15)
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