I never used to be a morning person. I was that person who hit the snooze button over and over again. Sometimes to the point where it would shut off completely and I would almost be late for work!
However, things have shifted for me quite a bit this past year. Becoming an entrepreneur requires me to work from home a lot, and I found I wasn’t starting my day off right.
I was waking up and rolling right from my bed onto my couch and laptop. I was feeling sluggish and needed something to get my body and mind moving. So I decided to start going to 7am yoga – which is not an easy shift for someone who isn’t a morning person!
When I first decided to do this I felt the need to do it everyday to get in the habit of making this routine stick. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to go 5 days a week and I felt if I didn’t do this I would be failing.
In this weeks video I share how I managed to get myself up early and into a routine I feel good about!
How to Become a Morning Person
Something is better than nothing
I didn’t stick to my original plan of going to 7am yoga 5 days a week, but I have been managing to go 2-3 times and I know that’s better than nothing! We can end up putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to do something 100%. The problem is when we put that much pressure on ourselves we end up sometimes not even doing 1% of it! Eventually you might work your way up to 100% but it’s ok to start small and work your way up to more!
Have a conversation with yourself
The other thing that helped me get up in the morning was having a serious conversation with myself. Sometimes it can be beneficial to talk to yourself 😉 I would set my alarm for 6am but would wake up feeling super cozy. The last thing I wanted to do was move! Knowing deep down I really did want to go to yoga I would force myself to have a conversation similar to this one…
“No, don’t get up….you need your sleep”
“You’ve slept long enough…and the fact that you’re having this conversation in your head means you’re alert enough to get up”
“But the bed is so comfy”
“You know how good you feel for the rest of the day if you get up now and do yoga”
“This is true”
“As soon as you step out of bed you’ll be fine”
“I guess it’s just one step”
“You will feel so good about yourself if you get up and do this”
“Yes…it’s true, the feeling I know I’ll have after will be worth it”
“Ok, let’s do this!”
“Ok – this is happening.”
That’s more or less the conversation I have with myself pretty much every time. It’s really mind over matter and it’s all about what we choose to tell ourselves. If you want it bad enough you can make it happen.
Be aware of your excuses
It’s so easy for us to come up with reasons why we shouldn’t do something. We can become very good at convincing ourselves. It’s really important to recognize when something is an excuse. This requires you to be super honest with yourself because we can be REALLY good at believing the excuses we give ourselves. Keep checking in and asking yourself what’s truly important to you and what the ‘why’ is behind it.
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