I started waking up at 5 a.m. right around the same time that I subscribed to seven new podcasts; signed up for about sixteen e-newsletters that gave me access to a bunch of free e-books, white papers, downloads, short courses, and challenges; and checked out three books from the library. In my new morning routine, taken from Hal Elrod’s “Miracle Morning,” I started the night before, by telling myself I was getting enough sleep and was excited to wake up in the morning! When I woke up, I journaled, meditated, visualized, read, chanted affirmations, and did stretches and exercises to get my blood flowing and my mind ready for the day.
The very first thing I did was drink a large glass of water laced with peppermint and lemon essential oils, and the very last thing I did before making breakfast was EFT tapping with essential oils to clear out emotional blocks and help me get over everything that has been holding me back.
This lasted for almost two weeks.
Then I fell off the wagon, and I haven’t really gotten back on.
Now, from the time my alarm goes off, no matter what time I set it for, I drag myself out of bed at least an hour later. (Before you ask—no, I haven’t yet tried to set it for the time I need to be at work.) I stopped reading my e-newsletters, stopped downloading my podcasts, stopped meditating, stopped reading, stopped chanting. Instead of being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and skipping to work, I let gravity shove me down the hill to my office.
What’s going on?
I can hypothesize a lot of things, but I think my main culprit—one which I think most people have experienced—is I got too excited about too many new things and tried to add them all into my life at once.
It stayed fun and interesting for awhile, but then, like an inexperienced snowboarder on a double black diamond, I took a good look at the steep slope in front of me, became overwhelmed by what I had set out to do, and promptly fell over into the snow, not to budge again.
Has this ever happened to you?
How does one get back on the wagon?
I don’t actually know. But I’m hoping that one of you out there does. I’m tired of waking up tired.
My best guess is that if I choose just one thing to focus on and work on making that a habit, then I can slowly build up to a full routine.
For now, I think I need to come up with a “Morning Action.” I think that’s enough for me for now.
I did some research on morning routines (John Lee Dumas, of “Entrepreneur on Fire” is the one I found to be the most intense), and would like to share some of the following actions that other people do in their mornings. I’m going to pick one and do it consistently before breakfast for the next month. Would you like to join me?
Possible Morning Actions. Pick One!
- Start the night before. Plan the 3 most important things for the following day.
- Use a sleep app, like Sleep Cycle, to wake you up when you’re in light sleep mode
- Splash cold water on your face
- Take a cold shower
- Exercise—run, power walk, yoga
- Do stretches
- Foam roll
- Hang upside down on an inversion table
- Meditate, using an app like Headspace
- Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue
- Drain your lymph nodes with a neti pot
- Write—morning pages, keep a gratitude journal, your dreams, your goals
- Listen to music
- Listen to a podcast
- Gaze out the window
- Get outside
- Read a book
- Make a healthy green smoothie
- Drink some other crazy concoction—cayenne, Himalayan Sea Salt, lemon, coconut oil
- Put on your shoes
- Eat breakfast
- Pack a lunch
- Do a visualization
- Hand-write a letter to someone
- Use essential oils
- Diffuse essential oils
- Clean an area of your house
- Do laundry
- Practice an instrument
- Watch an educational video
- Read a motivational blog
- Read the news
- Write down your goals
- Look over your goals
- Do 25 minutes of highly focused work, with no distractions
- Work on a blog post
- Edit photos
- Go to bed at a certain time, no excuses
- Wake up at a certain time, no excuses
- Look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I love you.”
- *Get out of bed when the alarm goes off (*The one I’m going to do.)
Do you like this idea? Would you like to join me in a “Morning Action”? Which action do you pick?
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