We all know that habits take time to develop. When we spend so much time using our willpower, we get exhausted. We're working too hard and we only have so much before willpower gives out. Once a habit is developed, you just go on automatic pilot.
I worked hard to develop a habit six months ago. My mornings have become my favorite part of the day, but they weren't always this way. I used to be the type of person who got up at the last minute to get ready for work and then it would be one big rush. I would get up around 6:00 in order to out the door by 7:15 or so. This year I decided I didn't want it to be this way. So, I decided that I wanted to get up early and get something accomplished for myself.
I started to develop a meditation practice over the summer and wanted to continue it. I figured this would be something I could do as part of my early morning routine. I also like to start my day with prayer and reflection. Add that to the list. I also started following Darren Hardy and subscribed to Darren Daily, a 5 minute daily mentoring program. Include a great breakfast and I was on my way to having a morning routine. However, it also meant getting up at 4:45 in the morning. 4:45?! That's an hour and 15 minutes earlier than what I'd done the previous year.
When I started in August, it was sheer willpower. I got up and had to concentrate on each step of my morning. One key was to make sure I got to bed by 10:30 each night (or earlier if possible). I won't lie though. It was tough, but I kept at it. Suddenly, without warning, I discovered I was no longer thinking about my routine. I was just doing it.
It has evolved to be my favorite part of the day, because I get to do something for myself as soon as I get back. And, it continues to evolve. I'm training for a half-marathon, and last week I did my first early morning run last week. I had to get up at 4:30 to do it. Just as I did in the beginning, I know that it's going to be willpower to get me to the point of running 2-3 mornings a week and add in yoga and abs on the other days. However, it's a process and I know that eventually it will become a habit as well as long as I stick to it.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.