I wasn’t going to bother with a post about new year’s resolutions. It’s easy to be distracted by fireworks and the heady champagne of signalling in a new year. You believe in the possibility of doing all the things you’re supposed to do, so you enthusiastically make plans to lose weight or drink less or run a marathon.
But then you don’t do those things. Your pendulum might even swing the opposite way as you rebel against these resolutions.
Personally, I was battling jet lag on New Year’s Day and struggling to get back into a normal sleeping pattern, much less think about tangible goals I’d later renege on.
Then January went on its merry way, and here it is, almost February. So why post about New Year’s Resolutions now?
Well I intend to go one better – rather than sticking with a goal for a few days, and then aborting all progress (isn’t that how all new year’s resolutions go), I wanted to focus on something with a chance of becoming a life-long habit.
I wanted to get up early, every day, to write.
I’d been battling with this for years, have tried and abandoned beating the ‘snooze’ button on more occasions than I’ll admit in print. In fact, I was hard pressed to get to work on time, let alone wake up earlier than I absolutely had to.
So, when I came across a book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod – which promised to get absolutely anyone out of bed at 5am, every day, as enthusiastically as a kid on Christmas morning – I couldn’t resist.
In the tradition of posting goals here on my blog, so that I’m accountable and follow through, I am committed to getting up early each day, for the next 30 days, to write before work or weekend activities begin. You’ve kept me accountable before, so here’s hoping it works again!
By the way, check out Hal’s book, it’s touted as the book to change your life (for success in all areas), and it’s become a global phenomenon.
And if you feel like being an early riser with me for the next 30 days, I’ll help keep you accountable! Your goal may not be to write; you may wish to turn up on time for work, or eat a healthy breakfast, or complete a little exercise to start the day. Your goals are your own – drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how you’re faring!
Yours in creativity,