Here me when I say, “I do not have perfect attendance when it comes to winning the morning!” I repeat, I have not perfected this. Sometimes I’m distracted or uninterested, too anxious about the day or too tired and I don’t do the things I know I need to do.
So this isn’t me talking at you, but walking with you.
I heard someone say that, “Successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally.”
That’s so true.
We all have good intentions and desire to do all the right things; sometimes overhauling our lives, our schedules and our pantries only to fall right back into the rhythm of comfort and familiarity.
It’s hard to stick it through, isn’t it?
Consistency is uncomfortable and requires us to show up even when we don’t feel like it and even when we don’t see the payoff.
Today’s note to you is not about success we often hear about. Success here is walking in wholeness, being prepared and being present instead of being anxious, distracted or rushed.
This isn’t a set of rules. These are what I define as big rocks, my non negotiables—That when I show up for consistently, I am my best self! (In no particular order)
1. Move my body Working out and taking care of my physical body has been a complete game changer for me. It’s not about burning calories or fitting into a certain dress size.This boosts my mood, gives me energy and helps me feel my best.
2. Quiet my mind Before I scroll social media, open my e-mail or check my text messages, I make sure that I experience silence. This takes practice. When my mind begins to wonder, I refocus on simply being present, not allowing myself to start running a list of to-do’s. Some days I set a timer so that I can be sure I sit long enough.
3. Strengthen my spirit Spending time reading God’s word, writing in my prayer journal and seeking God has everything to do with my day! It affects how I interact with my kids & my husband, it influences my decision making, shapes my perspective and gives me strength to overcome whatever I face that day. This quietens my anxious heart. This changes my attitude. This prepares me.
Sometimes I am tempted to skip this part and jump right into my doing. Some days my to-do list and my few moments I have without the kids needing me seem like the best time to get things done.
But as I have shown up again and again, it has become sacred to me. I look forward to it. I count on it. It’s in the presence of God that I am whole and where I experience peace that surpasses all understanding. It’s in this place that I am truly equipped for my day.
So, before I consume and before I create, I create room to move my body, quiet my mind and strengthen my spirit so that can I experience, respond and navigate all that awaits me that day!
What about you? Do you have a morning routine?
There is no one-size fits all when it comes to a morning routine and it doesn’t have to include a lot of things.
Here are 3 Coaching Questions to get you started:
What’s one, simple habit you can commit to doing every morning?
What is one thing that helps you feel prepared?
What is one thing that energizes you?