Throughout most of my life I was a very disciplined person, but to a fault. I was an overly disciplined high-achiever and didn’t leave enough room for flexibility and intuition in my life. I was mostly operating from an ego-based place, and it took me going through my dark night of the soul in 2017 to snap back to my truth. Since then, I swung to the complete opposite side of the pendulum swing and didn’t have enough discipline or consistency in my life. *I do not regret any of my experiences as each one has been part of my unique human experience and got me to where I am today.
The latter half of this year, I’ve been contemplating and experimenting with the energy of consistency paired with a healthy dose of discipline. What I’ve found is that we all need a certain degree of discipline in our life, you just have to find the dosage that works for you. I’ve found that the more consistent I am with my morning routine, the more I’m able to healthily engage in disciplined ways of moving through my day thereafter. The way I start my mornings bleeds into the energy of my day. And if I want to show up as my best self and feel as good as humanly possible daily, the magic must start in the mornings. If it doesn’t, the entire day is thrown off.
For me, waking up ahead of the rest of my family often looks like resisting the urge to drop back into bed after I’ve finished feeding my girl in the wee hours of the morning. Or reminding myself when the alarm goes off at 5am that this might be my only hour to myself today and if I want to be content today, I need to get my butt out of bed. Believe me the coziness of our beds, especially as the winter approaches, is quite tempting and highly appealing. However, what I’ve found to be more appealing is being able to emotionally regulate, feeling a natural sense of happiness, being connected to my intuition and creativity, showing up as my best self in my relationships, and making empowered food choices – to name a few.
At this point you’ve heard about the power of morning routines repeated across every self-help book and podcast, yet you likely still haven’t committed to yourself first thing in the morning. So, if you are still questioning why you haven’t reached your goals or why you still feel so unsettled in your life or why you feel so irritate and anxious … my question to you would be simple: What are you consistently doing for you every morning?
If you want to step into your dreams and desires, you must find an element of discipline in your life to start doing things differently then you’ve previously done them, starting as soon as you get out of bed. You can’t step into a new life if you are still acting in ways that represent your past life.