Rise Early to Design Your Personal Roadmap
It’s 6:30 a.m., cat sitting on my back, daughter’s feet kicking my face and I can barely open my eyes! You know, the morning routine! I think most of us moms can relate. We go to bed with the best intentions of a soundless night and then BAM…..the universe has other plans.
For many years I focused a lot of energy around waking up each morning. But I would hit the snooze button a few times and then tell myself just a couple more minutes…give me five more minutes and then I’ll start the day.
Rarely did I ever wake feeling refreshed and excited about what the day would bring. The mornings meant I had to be a mom, employee, spouse or do something for someone else. Not that I didn’t enjoy that, but to be honest, it didn’t exactly inspire me or get me fired up.
This morning slump just didn’t feel right! And since I’m a busy mom with very little “me time” I knew it was time for a change.
There was a buzz on Facebook going around about a book. People said it was “life changing” and “motivating” which is exactly what I was needing. I decided to go ahead and check it out. The book is called “The Miracle Morning“, by Hal Elrod.
Long story short let’s just say this: his ideas brought to life a new way of starting each day – focused on what I wanted to do and spending time on me!
That’s just what I needed at this point: to start my day doing the things that I enjoyed most – feeding my soul. So, I took the challenge. At first, I kind of just threw together a loose plan that focused on the things that I wanted to do each morning: journal, exercise and meditation.
During the first week, I didn’t know what I was doing and just had to wing it. I got the exercise part down but when it came to journaling I just wrote down things like “I tried to meditate but only made it about 5 minutes, if that!” I didn’t really know what to write about so then I found a inspirational quote and went from there. After a few tries something clicked. I would wake up excited to brew my coffee and get to work.
As the weeks passed, I worked harder and my body was ready to start the day at 5 a.m. No more hitting the snooze button and no complaints about the day ahead.
I went to bed thinking about the moments I could spend alone, really thinking about my day and my life. I would ask myself, “how do you want to remember this day?” As my journaling took off I decided to give it some structure: I was in effect crafting my life roadmap.
I soon became inspired by my ideas. I became aware that I was designing my personal roadmap and really following it and taking on the biggest blockades with less fear and more determination. And most surprisingly, I was in a good mood most mornings, which had a ripple effect on my husband and my kids.
The purpose for this post is to share my experience so that you too can create a personal roadmap.
Are you interested in taking this challenge?Even if you only have 10 minutes, just go for it! If so, let’s begin with these simple steps:
- Change your MINDSET. I used my morning routine to help check my “mental” baggage at the door. Like I said, I was feeling low and unmotivated when I started but let that go when I entered into my morning rituals. I set my intention and started to focus because I knew I had 10 minutes for each task. That isn’t much time so I dove in to see if this really worked.
- Take in a moment or two of silence.
- Write down a mantra or intentions. Start with intentions around food and exercise (or another area you are working on) for the day – ex. I will stick to the prepped meals I have made to nourish my body. I am not just “doing this” to see if it will work, I am determined to have a goal around eating well and will be unstoppable.
- Purchase a notebook and use it. I bullet journal but you can simply track your feelings as you wake up. Find a positive message in a magazine and it read over and over. Then write how it makes you feel. Does it fall in line with the goals you have set out for yourself.
- Visualize. Picture yourself feeling wonderful throughout the day and that nothing will upset you. You are doing things that make you happy, be in service to others, and are kind to all. Be that shining light in the world.