You’ve heard it over and over again – have a morning routine and it will change your life. It’s one of the hottest topics right now in the world of personal development. Entire books have been written about it and podcasts are talking about it non-stop. So chances are, you’re well aware of the trend.
You may have even tried to jump in for yourself and see how it goes. But, being a mom means morning routines happen before kiddos wake up. And if your kids are anything like mine, that leads to one freaking early morning routine. But, you try anyway, because that’s what all the gurus are telling you to do…
The first morning, you jump out of bed, a little groggy, but successful, and as the week goes on, it becomes just a little harder and harder until that snooze button takes back control and all your good intentions of getting up early and having your “miracle morning” are pushed off for another day.
If you’ve tried to introduce a new morning routine into your day but struggled to make it stick, there’s a good reason for it. Many of the books, group challenges, and guides that talk about these morning regimens focus so much on how to create a morning routine, that a big part of the whole process gets missed.
The WHY. and not just THE why, but YOUR why. Or, in other words – your personal motivation. (Well, maybe they miss two things… your why, and the fact that your kids get up freakishly early.)
I recently had a client start working with me because she wanted to find a new morning routine she could stick to. When I asked her why she responded with the reasons that she had inherited from others and not her own personal motivation. So when the moment would come and it was still dark out and her warm bed was keeping her comfy, her will-power took over and her morning routine took a back seat.
Setting Yourself Up for Success
Before diving into a potential morning routine, it’s more important to address your motivation for starting one in the first place.
Starting a new routine in the morning is like painting a room. If you go in and just start painting right away, the end result will look sloppy, and your trim will have paint all over it. No good. But, if you take the time to set up your project with tape, the right brushes, and a floor cloth (aka your motivation), you’ll have a much more beautiful end result. The thing that always surprises me when I paint a room is how much time it takes to set everything up and how little time it takes to actually do the painting.
Making a lasting change (like a new morning routine), is very much the same. You may have to dig in and do some extra work on the front end to really get to the bottom of your motivation before you can successfully stick to the change.
So, if you’re having trouble overcoming that warm bed in the morning and sticking to your new morning routine, take a step back and do some journaling or reflection on why you really are trying to make this a new habit.
Is it for your own benefit? Or, is it because everyone else is doing it?
If you’re having a hard time pinpointing your motivation for getting up earlier, creating a new routine, or trying to make a healthier change in your life, let’s chat! Together, we can look at your goals and find that inner motivation that truly speaks to you (not just what everyone else is saying), so you can more easily overcome whatever seems to be tripping you up and start seeing the success you want!
You’ve got this, Mama!