Or rather: how I came to enjoy the mornings because I have to get up early, but let's face it, I will probably sleep in again when my lifestyle allows it. :)
I have to get up early. I have a 3 year old. I also have a 13 year old and a 10 year old so this kid-waking-me-up thing is not new. Now I even have a puppy so I'm really in for it. ;) But I'm not phased. Even though I'm a total night owl–like theatre and RPG geek night owl–I taught myself how to enjoy getting up early in the morning. Today it was before 5:00am. WHO WOKE THE TODDLER?!
So when a friend on Facebook asked yesterday how to shift her 'not so much of a morning personality' thing I thought it would be great to share how I did it.
To being, let's stop for a minute and look at the statement I wrote above: I HAVE to get up early. Do I have to? If I believe in the Law of Attraction can't I have anything I want, including sleeping in, no matter the circumstances?
Let's not get into a whole discussion about highest good and you can't control other people even with the best of intentions or this blog post will be ten pages long. Instead, let's start with choice-point.
I actually DO want to get up early.
It doesn't feel right to have my three year old in the house awake by himself and you try to make him sleep if he's up and doesn't want to go back to bed after 4:00am, so yes, I do want to get up.
This is step one in becoming a morning person: Shift out any victim thinking.
This step is very important.
Until you actually want to become a morning person there is nothing anyone or anything can do for you.
So if you know that you want to become a morning person (or at least enjoy mornings while you are in need of them), what next?
Here's the program I used:
1. Set the flow before you go.
Before you go to bed, set the flow for the next day. This gives you momentum before you even get up. What is your intent for the next day? When my intent started to get really complicated and felt like work I stopped and just intuited my keyword for the next day.
That helped a lot.
It was simple. It was clear. And it didn't contain any clutter like "to do's" in it. It gave me a goal I could relax and trust.
Intuiting a keyword also lets you be where you are.
Sometimes we think being a morning person means waking up chipper. That's not always the case. And if you think you have to be a certain mood–a mood you can't or don't want to reach–it can trip you up before you even get started.
For example, if you have been having a rough week, waking up chipper the next day sounds super annoying. UG. Instead, intend to wake up feeling relief or something like it.
If you have been having a great week but are worried about something unwanted that might happen, set the intent to wake up feeling empowered or something like it.
Now you are not resisting tomorrow.
I often use a Boogie Board before bed to jot down my intent for the next day. I find that writing it down helps a lot. My thoughts can be tangled yet I can get really clear on an appropriate emotional goal for myself when I write with my hand.
Now that you have an intent-goal for the next day...
2. Go to bed as up-vibe as you can
This is like setting the flow but instead of thinking about tomorrow you are thinking about right now. How high can you get your vibe right now before sleep?
This step is important because, like hitting the pause button, you wake up in the same energetic perspective you feel asleep in.
It's much easier to have a higher vibe in the morning when you go to bed with one.
Now that you are feeling as good as you can before sleep... know that as soon as you wake up...
3. Anchor your vibe in 68 seconds
When you wake up you have 68 seconds to anchor your vibe. Imagine a mountain climber putting an anchor in the rock with a rope attached to their waist. They can climb up and down from that point but never get farther than the rope will allow. It's just like that. Wherever you are in your overall vibe at 68 seconds after you wake, that's about where you will vibe all day.
Some 68 second up-vibe ideas I have used with great success:
Notice in my examples I haven't gotten out of bed yet. I'm also not doing cerebral things like scripting or writing gratitude lists. Those may work for but they didn't work for me. I only have 68 seconds and it will take me that long sometimes to sit up, get a notebook, find a pen... and I do my 68 second vibe setting before I even sit up. But you can get up if that works for you. You get to choose. Try it out. Experiment. :)
But wait, did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed where your vibe was lower than you like at 68 seconds? Be easy on yourself all day. Tomorrow you will have another chance to up your vibe again.
I'm not kidding.
If you wake up in a really bad mood... sometimes waiting for bed is the best answer to that issue. Don't make any life-changing decisions that day if you can help it. ;)
If you WANT to be a morning person, you set your flow for the next day, you go to bed as feel-good as you can (relief counts), and you set your vibe as high as you can the first 68 seconds you wake, your morning life–and all day life–will change into awesome in 30 days or less.
P.S. If you only pick ONE of these to do, set your vibe as high as you can the first 68 seconds you wake.
P.P.S. Good Morning! :)