Ed Rands Kelowna, BC, Canada
One week ago today, I decided that I am a morning person. This life-changing decision came about because of multiple smaller decisions which came before.
Had you asked me one week plus one day ago if I were a morning person, I would have said no, believing myself to be more of a "get up early only if I have to" kind of person. I had dabbled with the concept of getting up before 8 AM a few times. However, dabbling is not a word used to describe the actions of a person who has made a real decision.
During last week’s call on organized planning, Margi Starr read her lesson. In it, she talked about The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. The still small voice in my mind told me to pay attention.
Due to a scheduling overlap, I currently choose to leave the later live call about 20 minutes before the top of the hour, then listen to the recording to get the rest when I return home. The entire time I was out, I remembered the voice telling me to pay attention. As soon as I was home, I fired up the recording and listened again.
“Go find a YouTube video on this” urged inspiration. Halfway through watching a keynote by Hal Elrod, nearly every ounce of me cried, “You must read this book!”
A quick check of my library revealed the lineup of people waiting for their turn for a copy was too long. When a decision is made, it must be acted upon quickly, and the momentum must be maintained. Delays will only serve to increase the likelihood of stopping, especially in the early stages before a habit is established.
What’s the fastest way to start reading a book? Buy the electronic version. BOOM! Within minutes I was reading. A couple chapters in, my excuses for not waking up early were blown away like dust in the wind.
Did I read the entire book, try to understand the complete concept, map out my entire new morning ritual in finite detail, and then four days later finally set my alarm for 6 AM?
No! That’s not the behavior of a person who makes decisions and takes prompt action.
I set my alarm first! Then I read just enough of the book to get the basic concept of the six morning rituals. As soon as I grasped the basics, I went to bed, excited to get up in the morning.
Upon waking, I stumbled and bumbled my way through the process, enjoying every bit of it!
I got started immediately, and each day that has followed I have smoothed out the process a little more and a little more. It doesn’t have to be perfect to get started. The imperfect version is still of tremendous benefit.
The important point is I started. I can improve as I learn, practice and grow.
Ed Rands, the morning man