At the beginning of this year I made the decision to establish a morning routine so that I could live purposefully. I didn’t want another year being stuck; feeling like I missed my “breakthrough” or opportunities – again, and by a longshot. As much as I’ve tried to work harder to be more successful, it has resulted in only working more for the same money and being frustrated.
Time to find a new game plan.
That when I set out to establish a morning routine. It seemed to help others with the mindset they needed for the rest of the day. Nearly all the other successful entrepreneurs and speakers I listen to have morning routines and get up at 0-dark-30 to do them.
But the thought of getting up earlier didn’t make me want to throw a party.
WHAT’S UP WITH EARY-RISERS?
The evening is when I get most of my work done. At the same time, I’m one of those people who feels guilty for sleeping past 7 am – even on the weekends, but a 6 am wake-up call feels like torture. No matter how late or early I go to bed, my sweet spot for waking up is around 6:30 – 7ish.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of getting up early and checking off my entire morning routine list before 8 am.
Of the few times that I have actually had to get up early for something, I found I had a productive day – and it never felt rushed. I even started setting my alarm for 6 am, but by golly – when it goes off, I seriously feel like I want to punch someone.
(Please don’t tell me I’m the only one!)
Even though I struggle to get up before 6:30 am, I found that having a morning routine, no matter what time I get up, was making a big difference. I was more focused, organized, consistent…but there was one problem. I kept running out of time to complete everything I wanted to.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF SLACKING OFF
I made a BIG MISTAKE recently…I completely dropped the ball with a client. 😩
It WAS a pretty big mistake for which there are NO EXCUSES.
I had to eat some humble pie and then set out to fix it. I also asked myself why did this happen?
Obviously, I allowed myself to take my focus off of what was necessary for the week. Maybe it was Summer Fever and I drifted off into La-La land, but I learned a long time ago to keep asking WHY until I reach an AHA! moment.
It didn’t take me long to get to my AHA! moment. I knew instantly what happened. My office was a wreck, my income was sliding the wrong way, emotionally I was in a “funk”. It wasn’t about one client.
It came down to this: whenever I struggle (spiritually, emotionally, mentally…) it’s because I get lazy and skip my morning routine.
Obviously, I have not been serious about my morning routine. Even though I wasn’t getting up early, I would do my best to check off everything on my morning routine list.
The problem was, the later I woke up, the more distractions I had. Then I’d get only part of my morning routine accomplished.
Eventually, about two months ago, I forgot about my morning routine altogether.
BENEFITS OF A MORNING ROUTINE
During those couple of months, my business started to drop off and I found myself getting into a bit of a “funk”. After making such a big mistake with a client the other week, I knew right away that the reason I had made the mistake was that of my morning routine.
Determined to find a deeper motivation for making it a priority, I needed to know what the benefits of getting up early were, so I made a list of the benefits of ignoring my snooze button and, instead, jumping out of bed before the sun rises:
*DON’T FEEL RUSHED
*I PUT THE KINGDOM (of God) FIRST.
MY MORNING ROUTINE MAKES ME LIVE PURPOSEFULLY.
6 STEPS I DO TO LIVE PURPOSEFULLY
I purposely do SIX THINGS in the morning to set a productive and powerful tone for the day.
And when I don’t do it….well, that’s when I drop the ball and make a mess.
I guess you could say that a morning routine repels stupidity and accelerates breakthrough! All I know is, my recent mistake with a client that I value very much, was a wake-up call to be determined to get my tush out of bed and live purposely!
Heres what I do when I purposely engage in a morning routine:
- Write 20 minutes minimum (anything on my mind).
- Pray/read scripture.
- Declare Ephesians 1 out loud and in the first person.
- Re-write out my goals AND speak them out loud (this keeps them always in front of my eyes and mind).
- SPEAK daily declarations. (You can find daily declarations here.)
- Take a walk
This prepares my mind, soul, spirit, and body for the day.
I think of these steps not as obligations, but like the north star. These steps force me to live purposefully and provide a fixed point and direction in my life. When I get lost or veer off course, I can easily make a course correction and get back on track!
Also, in order to do all six of these items, I have to get up early. I find that makes ALL the difference.
Otherwise, I feel rushed or I skip some of them, or my mind isn’t engaged but rather, I’m simply “going through the motions” and thinking about how quickly I can get through my checklist.
I’d love to hear what you do to live purposely. This is something that I’m learning but yet to master!