Good morning, person.
Are you reading this before noon?
Do you work best before the sun peaks?
“I don’t know”? Me too.
It was recently discovered that there are genes that determine morningness
so it is a “thing.”
Yet, like so many things that we cling to and assert our identity to, it often times becomes a mental hindrance if you are trying to create change.
you say you’re not a morning person—that your best inspiration strikes after dark.
That might be true.
But what I have come to starkly realize for myself that when you start taking action consistently and you actively seek inspiration, it comes; you don’t have to wait for it to find you.
‘Cause if you do, you may be waiting forever.
Progress isn’t made from a lightning epiphany someone had just once in bed wearing their mismatched socks. It is made from someone taking stock, doing the work, regularly. Sometimes slowly. Whether it’s before dawn or after dusk is inconsequential. Everyone moves differently.
For some time, I had been fascinated by successful people’s morning routines. I studied people whose work I was consistently enamored with and wanted to know what they did to start their days. Some of them meditated, some wrote plays, some did pushups. Some, like Marie Forleo, started it the night before by outlining her day in her planner. Big ups.
Not much did they have in common other than the fact that each of them did seem to have a morning, i.e. woke before noon. And none of them were eating donuts or any kind of junk. When you’re in a sugar stupor it can put you in a mental funk.
Regardless of what their process was, they were making things happen just because.
My process is a constant experiment in being comfortable being uncomfortable. At the present, I do pushups, meditate, and write. And if the rest of the day doesn’t pan out, I did something for me before the first light.
Did it dawn on you that you’re a self-made morning person, too? Tweet me your early-riser ritual @alisonperrie. I’d love to hear from you.