For years, my mornings were a complete mess.
I had this goal of getting to journal and read every morning, but I had every excuse in the book to not make this happen (plus a whole lotta bad habits backing up my excuses).
I used to wake up about 20 minutes before I needed to be out the door, on the road, and ready for work.
Back when I worked in a more corporate setting, I often showed up late… ugh. I was always frazzled, always frustrated, and my commute was so beyond irritating it wasn’t even funny.
I always wanted some kind of morning routine, but I just didn’t have the time — like ever.
So when I finally quit and started working for myself, I thought, THIS! This is the answer! Once I work from home I’ll be able to journal and read in the mornings, because I’ll finally have the time.
Fast forward to a year later…
I’d still hit snooze on my alarm clock (over and over — we’re talking multiple snoozes here), I would wake up angry, frustrated and very tired. I’d quickly feed the cat, make a cup of tea and sit down at my desk to read emails. I still always felt late and frazzled.
Everyone else had already posted to Instagram and were now moving on with their day, and I was just getting started.
My old bad habits didn’t change because of my location, and it was obvious that it wasn’t actually about a lack of time...though that was the excuse I always used.
Even though I really did desire a morning journaling routine, the truth was I had a lot of excuses, for not making this happen like:
- I don’t get enough sleep.
- My alarm woke me up in the middle of dream, that’s the WORST time to be woken up.
- I’m already late to work in the mornings, I don’t have time.
- My office is the only clean space, there’s no other place for me to journal.
- It’s too dark in the mornings.
If we did a solid recap on this, I would have to be honest and tell you I put off creating a morning journaling routine for years…
Because I kept focusing on the wrong thing.
As we move into the second half of this year, I want to encourage you to check in with yourself too.
Are you focused on the wrong thing to make your goals happen?
Because more often than not, we are.
We make our goals seem gargantuan, like they’ll never be accomplished because there’s simply TOO MUCH to do and you’d have to change EVERYTHING around to make them happen…
Well, it’s time to change all that.
I want you to know that I now journal and read every single morning (even on the weekends), and these morning moments are my absolute favorite. I look forward to it every day, and it even helps me get out of bed on time!
In fact, ever since I started journaling in the mornings, I’ve woken up earlier and earlier. It’s been gradual, but it has indeed happened.
And because I used this little trick I’m about to tell you, this goal was able to happen in a matter of hours vs. the years it took me just “thinking” about making it my reality. Not only that, but I’ve also kept up this new routine for over a year now!
So here’s the secret.
Truly! That’s the answer, but let me tell you how I got there.
Originally, I was challenged to envision my perfect morning at the Making Things Happen conference by Lara Casey.
I closed my eyes and immediately pictured sunlight streaming through a window, casting shadows on my hands and journal as I wrote in perfect peace.
Then I was asked to look up and see where I was, what was around me.
To my surprise, I looked up in my vision and saw myself sitting at my kitchen table with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers sitting in the middle. I had my cup of tea next to me, still steaming, and I looked out the kitchen window to see the trees outside.
Then it was time to open my eyes and I was challenged to write my first step to make this vision a reality.
What was one, small (very small) step I could take to make that image I just held in my mind come to life?
And then it came to me. Like a rush of water.
Clean off the kitchen table.
Isn’t it always the simplest things that can be the most life altering?
The minute I cleaned off that kitchen table, it became my sacred space. Only my beautiful things were allowed to stay on the table—- like my journal, letter writing supplies, my Bible, and my Powersheets.
After I cleaned off the table, the very next day I started journaling.
Since then, I now wake up earlier, spend more time reading, give myself quiet time and space before jumping into work, I take better care of myself, I have more energy throughout the day, I sleep better at night, and I continued to add to my morning routine.
Shortly after starting this new habit, I rewarded myself by purchasing the Write the Word journals by Lara Casey, and they have completely changed my life — I’m addicted now and this is how I journal every morning.
On top of that I now meditate on some mornings, I eat breakfast (what a novel idea), I write cards/letters and I take time to read at least 10 pages from my latest book. (Read more about how 10 pages a day can completely transform your business!)
The moral of the story is this…
What’s one thing you can do TODAY, that will get you one step closer to your goal?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments, tell me what’s the one step you’ll take? You don’t have to say your full goal, just this first small step you’re going to take to make it happen. I’m so excited to support you! Comment below.