I Can’t Find the Time to Blog
I Just Don’t Have the Time to Blog
I DON’T want to participate in life today.
I don’t have enough energy.
Do I have to?
I don’t FEEL like it.
What time did you wake up this morning?
5 a.m.? 6 a.m.? After 10 a.m.?
Did you hit the snooze button?
What was the first thing you thought?
What was the first action you took?
Some days I give my all, others, not so much. I’m coming back from a break, nearly 3-months, and let me tell you, much of that time was spent hitting the snooze button.
I let things slide, like exercise, eating healthy, reading, worshipping-meditating, and even work. I started turning down work in mid-October and soon I turned down every new opportunity presented to me. I even let current clients go because I was done (exhausted and didn’t want to fight the “good fight” anymore).
And you know what?
It all started with one choice – hitting the snooze button.
No, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the snooze button, but for me, it means I’ve chosen to give into my lower self.
The self that sleeps more than she is awake. The self that degrades herself and everyone around her. The self that wishes life would just cease. The self that chooses to see all the bad around her instead of all the good. A pathetic and destructive version of me.
Have you ever been there?
That’s a good thing because I don’t wish that “self” on anyone. It’s a miserable place and best not visited.
It started with setting the alarm again AND not turning it off or hitting the snooze button.
- I chose to try.
- I chose to ignore my lower self.
- I chose to see the good in my life.
- I chose to stop looking at me.
- I chose to ignore the crap announcer in my head.
- I chose to fight again.
In my past, I would have totally given up. I would have stayed in that pathetic state for months and years.
But, this time, I dragged myself out of the hole I dug and started with just one thing – transforming my mornings.
This morning I woke up at 6 a.m. But, on that first morning, I kept putting off the alarm. I initially set it for 5 a.m. because for about 6-months, that was my routine. Then I set it for 6 a.m., then 7 a.m. and eventually I turned the thing off.
So, how did I start waking up early again? I got so frustrated with dealing with the alarm that I just simply woke up. No more playing around.
I reignited the 5-second rule. This rule states that when you first have an impulse to do something (habit) then do it within 5-seconds before the crap announcer starts to make excuses. Learn more about this rule from Mel Robbins.
My Rule: The alarm goes off, I wake up.
Oh, I didn’t wake up with a sunny attitude. I cursed the morning. I cursed God for keeping me alive another day. BUT, eventually, I began to make amends.
The Dog Made Me Do It
I wasn’t working very much anymore so I needed to find something to occupy my mind/time. I decided to walk the dog in the morning.
I knew I could walk around the block. My lack of exercise for nearly 3-months eroded any confidence I had in going further.
So, now each morning, rain or shine, I take the dog for a walk around the block. He’s happy. He enjoys it and so do I. He could go longer, which I plan to do come spring. For now, the early morning walk around the block in the dark, works.
Soon, I started my Elliptical workouts. 30-minutes. I didn’t feel like it but did it anyway.
Now, I’m up to 90-minutes. NO, I don’t feel like it, but I do it anyway. I gained back roughly 20-pounds of what I lost since March 2017. I chose to overeat on crap food when I allowed myself to rest in the pit of pity for 3-months.
Are you starting to see a pattern?
A life filled with good or bad is made up of small decisions. No, not everything, but many things.
I chose to ignore my alarm multiple times which led to bad habits resurfacing.
I chose to pay attention to my alarm clock which led to the resurgence of good habits.
What decisions are you making that are making your life good? Bad?
Want to transform your life? Stop hitting the snooze button and get out of bed. It starts with that very first decision. It’s up to you.
If you’re ready to accomplish what you’ve set out to do, to be in a positive head space, to be more productive online, I invite you to wake up earlier.
What’s stopping you?