Here is my question for you this morning. What’s most important to you? What is the one thing you really want to do on a daily basis that would make a big difference, but you just can’t seem to find the time for?
In short, what good habit do you want to cultivate that would make a real impact on your life?
Think about this for a moment. It could be in any area of your life from exercise and healthy eating to self-improvement or getting ahead in business or at your job. It could be working on your relationship with your kids, finding time for creative pursuits, or getting in the habit of reading every morning.
Once you’ve figured out what you want to work on, what you want to improve, and what’s important to you, we’ll think about how you can make it part of your morning routine.
Sit back and imagine your perfect morning. It isn’t stressed or rushed. Most importantly, it’s a day when you have time for everything on your list. Maybe it means having time for a long shower. Maybe it’s going for a run before breakfast. Maybe it’s having a few minutes to connect with your spouse over coffee or maybe it’s carving out an hour first thing in the morning to work on your side-business.
That’s a lot of “maybes” but the key is to start with what’s most important to you and think about how you could fit it into your morning routine. Remember, you’re just dreaming and imagining at this point. We’ll work on figuring out where to find the time to fit it in and how to make it all work out later on.
For now I simply want you to paint a vivid picture of what your new morning could look like.
I want you to become very clear on what you want that perfect morning to look like. Imagine it in as much detail as you possibly can.
Write it down in a journal or on a piece of paper that you can refer back to as needed. In short, define your perfect morning.
Why is this so important?
Because you can’t start to make any meaningful changes until you know what your goals are.
You need to know your destination before you can start to pick a route and figure out how you’ll get there.
That’s what today’s task is all about. It’s figuring out where you want to get to. Don’t stop until you have it figured out and firmly pictured in your mind.
Each day, I'll provide you with some helpful tools to assist you as you Makeover your Mornings- and most of them will be FREE. Check out your resource for today below... + more tomorrow.
* Download a FREE poster page (see below) to use as your own inspiration. Print the page and write down a word picture of your ideal morning.
'What does your perfect morning look like? Picture it firmly in your mind. What's important to you? Use as much detail as possible.'
Then frame your and place prominently to remind yourself of where you want to be.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Matthew 6:33. 'But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.'
DAILY REMINDER & AFFIRMATION
I must choose my destination or what I want to achieve, before I can start to pick a route and figure out how I'll get there.
I love mornings.
Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day.
That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.
I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself.
Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, Bible study, reading, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place.
Some mornings - hopefully most mornings - you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, do your Bible study, exercise, or read a book for twenty minutes.
Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.
Think about how the rest of those days went.
Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?
If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a lot smoother.
I bet you accomplished what you have planned to do, too. Chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day.
You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about.
Let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive and productive way.
Over the course of the next seven days, I want to guide you through the process of making over your morning. This is just the first step.. but it's important.
As we’ve already established, this is first task is an important one - a good thing to work on and pay attention to. You don't have to set your alarm to go off at an unearthly hour. You still need your 8 hours sleep. But don't hit the snooze button. Try to get up immediately once the alarm sounds. Not only will you enjoy your mornings more, even if the alarm does go off much earlier than you’d like, but it will make the entire rest of your day go much smoother. Try it!
Each day, I'll provide you with some helpful tools to assist you as you Makeover your Mornings- and most of them will be FREE. Check out your first selection below... & more tomorrow.
* Cuckuu. Share your schedule with family or friends using this app and encourage each other. Challenge one another to get up the fastest.
* SleepCycle. This app is designed to analyse your sleep patterns and wake you when you're in your lightest sleep cycle. So... getting up should be easy!
* Wake Alarm Clock The interface on this app looks great and it has stacks of features. ..worth checking out.
* Winder (Android) Forget about setting your alarm for this app. Just add all your information, schedules, work times etc and the app will work out when you should get up.
* Pandora You probably already have Pandora on your phone for your music. But there's an alarm feature that you can set up so that you wake to your favourite station.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Psalm 90:12. 'So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.'
DAILY REMINDER & AFFIRMATION
I will create a positive tone for my entire day by starting my morning well.
Thank you for joining me in the 7-Day Morning Makeover Challenge. I can’t wait to get started.