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Early to Rise Challenge: Adjust Your Attitude

Welcome to the Early to Rise Challenge! Throughout the month of March, I’m challenging myself and my readers to make the most of their mornings. So every week day morning at 9 a.m. EST, I’m posting a short Early to Rise post. I’ll share a few of my thoughts on the day’s passage from Early to Rise, tell you what time I got up that morning, and encourage you to leave a comment to tell us what time you got up and how you’re doing on the challenge.

Adjust Your Attitude

Day 6 in the Early to Rise book is about adjusting your attitude. Andy talks about how he was feeling frustrated by his children waking up 15 minutes after he did.

Once he stopped viewing them as interruptions and started realizing this extra time with them was a gift, it changed his mindset completely. I love this — and think that this can be applied to many areas of our lives.

Remember how I encouraged you yesterday to expect interruptions? I said that because it’s something that has really changed how I approach life.

I used to get flustered when I was flying somewhere and there would be delays and cancellations. Six months ago, I decided to change my attitude. Now I expect that every time I travel, there will be unplanned-for delays.

When there are, I’ve already anticipated it, so it doesn’t throw me off course. When there aren’t, I feel like I’ve been given a gift. Either way, my attitude can stay positive and calm because I’ve planned on there being interruptions.

The same is true in my day-to-day life. I’ve started approaching my day expecting the unexpected. Expecting that someone is going to spill things, expecting that there are going to be delays and hang-ups to projects I’m working on, expecting that one or all of my children are going to need extra snuggling time or need correction for misbehaving… and on and on.

This is not because I’m being a Negative Nelly. This is because I’m being Realistic Ruth.

Life happens. Days are never perfect. And if I head into my day expecting it to be perfect, I’m going to be sorely disappointed and irritated when it’s not.

But when things go better than I expected, it feels like I’ve been given a wonderful gift. And I’m genuinely thankful about it. Because the day was better than I expected. 🙂

What about you? What areas of your life are constantly frustrating you? Maybe it’s that your child is constantly waking up before you expected them to, or the dryer that notoriously stops working every few days, or your co-worker who is always late. Can I challenge you to change your attitude about this interruption or frustration? Starting today, expect that it’s going to happen, roll with the punches when it does, and be profoundly grateful when it doesn’t.

Oh and if there’s something else you can do to fix the situation or prevent it from happening so often, do it. Sometimes, it’s not just our attitude that needs to change. Maybe we really and truly just need to buy a new dryer or something. 🙂

What Time Did You Get Up This Morning?

Me? I got up at 5:38 a.m.

What time did you get up? Leave a comment and let us know!

Join in the Chatter!

Want to blog about this challenge? If you’re blogging through this challenge with me, be sure to leave your link to your direct post for today below. Plus, if you’d like to post your daily posts to the Early to Rise Group Board on my Pinterest page, just shoot me an email (moneysavingmom @ gmail dot com) and I’ll invite you.

Want to follow along on Twitter or Instagram? Each week day morning on my Facebook Page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram account, I’ll be posting a picture of my alarm clock as public accountability. I’d love to have you do the same or join in the discussion on Twitter and Instagram. Just follow hashtag #EarlytoRise to see what others are tweeting and Instagramming about this challenge!


Other posts in the Early to Rise Challenge series

  1. The 30-Day Early to Rise Challenge Begins on Friday (grab your ebook for just $4.99!)
  2. Early to Rise Challenge: Day 1 (Your Mindset Matters)
  3. Early to Rise Challenge: Wake Up With a Plan for Your Day
  4. Early to Rise Challenge: It's Not Always Easy (and am I the only one who thinks drinking coffee black is crazy??)
  5. 15 Things You Can Do Each Morning to Make Your Day More Successful
  6. Early to Rise Challenge: Adjust Your Attitude
  7. 11 Things to Do Tonight to Set You Up for Success Tomorrow
  8. Early to Rise Challenge: Change Your Life By Taking One Small Step at a Time
  9. Early to Rise Challenge: Find the Artist in You
  10. Early to Rise Challenge: "It's Your World, So Change It"
  11. Early to Rise Challenge: Swim Upstream
  12. Early to Rise Challenge: Focus on Other People
  13. 5 Steps to Start Your Day With a Better Attitude
  14. Early to Rise Challenge: Find What Motivates You
  15. Early to Rise Challenge: The Halfway Mark!
  16. Early to Rise Challenge: Choose Who You Will Be Today
  17. Free printable: 17 Ways to Set Your Morning Up for Success
  18. Early to Rise Challenge: Don't Live Today on Accident
  19. Early to Rise Challenge: Be Quiet
  20. Early to Rise Challenge: Face Your Day With a Smile
  21. Early to Rise Challenge: Find an Accountability Partner
  22. Early to Rise: Share Your Success (and why I have a new crazy-early wake-up time!)
  23. 11 Things You Can Do Tonight to Set You Up for Success Tomorrow (free printable)
  24. Early to Rise Challenge: You're Not Alone
  25. 5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity with a Newborn
  26. Early to Rise Challenge: Begin Your Day With Prayer
  27. Early to Rise Challenge: Don't Settle for Average!

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91 Comments

  • Corey says:

    5:29. I have to leave for work as soon as my kids get on the bus at 8 so I like to be showered and “coffeed” before they come down at 6:30. Makes my morning go so much smoother!

  • Melodie says:

    Up at 6:05 today! Loving a relaxing start to a hectic day 🙂

  • Kate says:

    Hi! I loved this post! I love Realistic Ruth! 🙂 This is what I really need. I find I get real cranky when unexpected things pop up. I love the idea of looking at that time as a gift with your child. Not only do you change your attitude and behavior, but you also change your child’s. It is something I really needed to hear/read.
    I have a nasty head cold and I slept until 6:45 am today (45 minutes past my goal). But I am starting to feel better so, I’ll try harder tomorrow.

    Kate

  • Ellen says:

    Soooo glad to read this today. My biggest challenge in the mornings is that my kids seem to have a “sixth sense” of when I’m up and are usually bright-eyed and bushy-tailed just minutes after I’m up, no matter how early it is! I need to take the suggestion and view it as a blessing, as peaceful time together in the early hours of the morning. Just thinking of things from this perspective already puts me more at peace with the situation, even though I was soooo frustrated this morning when my children were up so early!

    Thanks again, Crystal, for your kind encouragement. I appreciate it so much!

  • Amber says:

    Same time as usual 5:00 am and now I’m off to bed at 10:00 pm.

    I guess part of me feels like I’m missing out on this aspect because I’m not married and I don’t have any children. So, I’m not really getting interrupted in the mornings.

  • Anna Ruth says:

    I am posting this as I head to bed! I awoke at 9:10 which gave me time to enjoy my coffee in peace. Tomorrow I hope to add more ideas from yesterday’s list now that I’ve had time to share them with my husband. My goal is 9:00. (Nine sounds so very, very late but I am so thankful to be able to tutor late at night in this time of my life! Everything coordinates so well with my husband’s schedule.)

  • Jo Lynn says:

    I love your mention of “Realistic Ruth.” I was sooo wanting to do this challenge but right now life just isn’t allowing for it. I thought I was going to be able to adjust some of my son’s care needs so that I could go to bed earlier and get up earlier and maybe squeeze in some time in the morning, but it didn’t work out. But I am using my quiet evening time better, while im finishing up his care, rather than squandering that precious time away so I guess I’m participating in an unorthodox way :-). I’m still reading along though and adapting some of the principles to fit my life as mom to a medically complex (and super amazing!) little boy. Looking forward to more good helpful nuggets along the way!

  • Tasheika says:

    Ok so on day six which was yesterday, I was really feeling like giving up, I just could not or would not get up for nothing. It was soooooo hard for me. I now realize that I was setting my goal way to high for me and it was not working. So I went to bed earlier and FINALLY was able to get up 30 minutes earlier today rather than an hour later, which meant I really got up an hour and 1/2 earlier. I was so excited, after my alone time, I cooked breakfast got my kids started on there schoolwork with no issues, and I feel really great knowing that I did not give up!!! I know that accomplishing this challenge is going to do great things for me and believe that’s why it was so hard to start so not giving up was crucial for me and today was a milestone indeed. I hope this encourage someone who is thinking about or even has already given up that it’s not too late to get in or even get back in the game, remember “give yourself grace”

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