Sometime last week I rolled out of bed 10 minutes before I had to leave like I always do. The thought crossed my mind: “God is definitely real. No way I could have woke up at 6:30 for 2 years straight if not… Morning is the enemy.” So I tweeted it.
Little did I know that this idea would nest inside me and grow into something bigger.
I believe that God really did help me on the mission because I never actually decided I wanted to become a morning person. He helped me even when I didn’t want to help myself. Now that I think about it, I believe it’s possible to change your mind and do anything you think up…
So, I’ve decided to become a morning person. (When I say morning person, I don’t mean someone who is awake and spunky and energized. I mean just wakes up early. I’m sorry, but I still hate talking to people the first couple hours of the day. I’m not ready to work on that one yet…)
Mr. Night Owl
For 25 years, it has been my M.O. to rock the late night and then sleep every last second I could before I had to leave for school/work. I love staying up late. It’s a real thrill for me to pull and all-nighter. There’s just something about being the last one awake that I enjoy. I always told myself I was a night owl and NOT a morning person. While that might be true, I decided that if I really believe I’m capable of doing anything, becoming a morning person was something I had to do. If I learned anything from running a marathon, it’s that there is some real power in mental strength and ability.
I realized that I have never given being a morning person a chance. I have always just accepted that it was easier for me to stay up and sleep late. So what if I convinced myself and believed that I could get up early? The thought had never crossed my mind until last week. A good friend referred me to this amazing article by Michael Hyatt that confirmed my thoughts.
So I went for it.
Today marks the 5th day in a row I’ve got up at 6am. I love it. I never realized how much stress I put on myself by waking up only minutes before I have to leave. If I’m late to work, every slow driver, red light, empty gas light, and snowy road makes me mad. It’s not their fault, it’s mine for being late. Now that I’m up early, I leave with plenty of time to be able to just turn on the tunes, flip on cruise control, and enjoy the drive, no matter how slow or delayed. I’ve also noticed an increase in gratitude, spirituality, and overall happiness because I use some of that early morning time to pray, read scriptures, and reflect on life.
How To Change
So how do I do it? I realized that there were reasons that I didn’t get up early even if I woke up to my alarm. The first day I tried getting up early, I woke up at 6, and then got right back in bed. You need to find and write out the reasons you don’t get up so you can eliminate them.
For me the 3 big things were:
- I had nothing to do
- I was cold and my bed was so warm
- It was more comfortable to be asleep
To battle number 1 I started giving myself things to read in the scriptures the night before. I also decided to use that time to write, whether on this blog or for my book. I bought some breakfast foods that I like to cook and I make that to stay awake as well. There are hundreds of things you can do. I know a ton of people like to exercise or read a book or study. It just depends on who you are and what you like. The important thing is deciding what you’re going to do the night before or it will be that much easier to get back in bed and go back to sleep.
Number 2 and 3 were pretty similar to me. As soon as I get up now I throw on a sweatshirt and turn the heater up a little. Even just hearing the sound of the heater warms me up. I also know it’s important to get out of my comfort zone. Being a little uncomfortable in the mornings is a small price to pay for the benefits it has brought about. This was more of a mental problem. I had to realize I needed to be ok with being a little uncomfortable if it meant progressing my life. In the grand scheme of things, it really isn’t THAT uncomfortable. It’s all in my head. So I told it to get out.
Once I jumped past those obstacles, waking up has been a lot easier. I also use a sleep app that wakes me up slowly to a chill song. That is SO much more enjoyable than a loud buzzer. Just my preference though. It also helps if I flip on some music right as I wake up. It makes me feel like I’m supposed to be awake.
Ultimately, I have seen instant results from this and that’s most of the reason I have the motivation to keep doing it. If you want to become a morning person, you can. In my 25 years of life, I never thought I’d be here, at 6 am, writing a blog post about how awesome it is to wake up early. But we’re seriously capable of doing anything we set our minds to.
If you’re looking for less stress, more spirituality, and a happier attitude, I would definitely suggest giving the morning routine a shot. Let me know if you do this or end up trying it. I’d love to have more people to relate with along the way!