Day 4 – Motivation and Morning Routines

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Morning routines fuel motivation for our life and goals – but how do we motivate ourselves to stay true to our morning routine?

This is the million dollar question! Most people understand the rewards of a morning routine, and they’d love to have one. They may have even tried for a time or two to implement one, without success. But intentions are not results. Yes, getting up and going for that morning run might make you feel like you’re ready to take on the world, but as you lie in bed contemplating that run, the decision to ‘lace up’ doesn’t necessarily come so easily.

Motivation is a product of desire. If you want something badly enough, you’ll have enough motivation to do what’s required to get it. Interestingly enough, motivation also reduces the level of perceived difficulty, so it becomes less of a struggle to do it, it may even feel enjoyable. The ultimate trick to understanding how to motivate yourself is more self-knowledge. It’s a life-long process of getting to know your tricks and triggers; it’s not something that happens overnight. That said, we can start where we are and use the best information, insights, and resources we have to create plans that will likely keep us keen, and then edit as needed.

So how do you guarantee motivation?

If you fail to plan you plan to fail.

This is the primary reason I created the 21 Day Morning Routine Overhaul. Having a well-though-out plan in place is important. One that has considered your strengths and weaknesses, needs and temperament. This is especially true if you’ve struggled in this area before. There’s a reason why you struggle, and you have to get to the bottom of it – either by design or by luck. If you take the time to plan out your routine, you have a better chance at creating something you can stick to. It can be as simple as reviewing a few key areas of life, deciding what’s best for you in each, and building a routine that cohesively ties everything together. That alone would be a great start.

Getting to ‘know thyself.’

This is how you find out if the plan is working. The more in tune you are with how things (like your routine) affect you, the better you are at creating a plan that works and getting out of a plan that doesn’t quickly. Most of us are quite dull to our senses, thoughts, and emotions. The better we understand ourselves, the more information we have on hand to make better decisions about our life in general and what we need to stay motivated with our morning routine, more specifically. Going deeper gives us the ability to make changes to our routine before we lose the motivation required to keep it going.

That which is flexible doesn’t break.

Flexibility makes you resilient and adaptable. If something doesn’t work, you just change it a bit – you switch it up. What’s considered the correct or proper way to do something can sometimes become a huge stumbling block for someone attempting to create a new habit.

For many years I wanted to make daily juicing a part of my life but was dissuaded each time I remembered you have to drink your juice within fifteen minutes of making it, else the juice begins to lose its nutritional value. That was a commitment I didn’t want to make. Then one day I decided it didn’t matter, the juice would still be full of nutrients. I began juicing in bulk and freezing them for the week. Each morning I’d grab a juice from the freezer to take with me as I left the house. Was that the correct way to drink it? Not by some standards. Did it work for me? Yes. And for me, it was literally the difference between juicing as a habit and not juicing at all. I would have never been consistent doing it the other, ‘right’ way.

If you’re flexible, you allow yourself to break the rules and discover what works for you. This is great when forming habits as it’s difficult enough getting new habits to stick. This is because there’s often something about the way we’re attempting to form the habit that doesn’t work for us. Flexibility means we won’t give up, which is great. Even better – flexibility means we’ll keep adjusting until we find a way that works.

When we start out with a good plan, mix that with a good sense of what’s working and not working, and add enough flexibility to edit the plan until it works for us – it’s just a matter of time until we have a morning routine we love. It takes patience and dedication, yes. But most things do that come with huge rewards and a good morning routine is a blessing that we can benefit from for the rest of our life.