I have been reading about this thing called a keystone habit, listened to a podcast from andy stanley (find it here) about it. The idea is that there are certain habits that lead to other habits. So waking early is a keystone habit for me because when I do that one thing so many other wonderful habits happen. Like praying, reading/journaling, exercise, making my bed etc, sometimes solitude and silence etc. They say in order to make a habit work there has to be a reward, a tangible thing. Like some people enjoy a piece of chocolate after a run or coffee when rising early or allowing myself 10 minutes on Pinterest, reading a fav book etc. None of those sounded tempting enough to drag my butt out of bed.
One morning I was choosing to sleep in and I just tossed and turned trying to figure out what my reward for rising early was. And then it hit me- My reward for rising early is PEACE. I know this is not something physical but it is very tempting.
My heart longs for peace.
I want to spend time doing things that give me life before I even start my day. I want to feel filled up instead of totally empty and it is only 7:30am.
It is not easy. It requires me to be disciplined and go to bed earlier. It takes serious effort to not roll over like I did this morning. 😉
But the lure of peace and sanity is winning over a little extra sleep. The sleep is tempting but usually has no pay off- I frazzled and rushed not well rested.
So I just wanted to share my journey with you. I have many friends who do their best work at night but thought I should share my struggle to see if it resonates with anyone else. My whole life I have prided myself on not being a morning person. But only recently have I discovered that the morning hours have been a gift to my soul. Not only was I not a morning person but I was also not a night person. I was just an EXHAUSTED person all the time.
|This is the paper I keep on my desk to remind me that it is worth getting up early.|
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