I always get up by 4:30 AM every morning, including the weekends. My alarm clock is set for 4 AM, but my rule is that my feet must be on the floor by 4:30 AM. During the wintertime, I get up and mill about the house, eat my breakfast, watch the local news and weather, and then start my day at 6:30. Now that the temperature is a bit warmer in the morning, I can get my daily walk in before my day gets going.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been heading out for my daily walk at 5:30 AM. The early walk makes my day so much better. Recently I’ve enrolled in skillshare, and I work on my courses between 4:30 and 5. I watch about 15 minutes of news. Then get ready and go for my walk. This action increases the value of my day. I’m at work by 7 AM, and at 8 AM, I’m in a morning production meeting. This morning I was looking around and realized I’ve already crushed the day and these folks are just getting started; I wanted to jump up and scream, “AHHHHHH!” as I flipped over the table. No, not really, but it did make me realize the fruits of this discipline I’ve been practicing for the past year or so are beginning to reward me.
A year ago, today, if you had told me I’d enjoy getting up and walking before dawn, I’d thought, “yeah, right.” A year ago, if you’d told me I would be enjoying a skillshare course, I’d thought, “yeah, right.” And here is the big one, a year ago, had you told me I’d be blogging, I’d thought, “yeah, right.” It’s strange how your path turns out when you work on yourself with no intention but to try something new. Who knows where I’ll be in a year? I know on this path, it won’t be in the same place, and I’m cool with that.
With that said, I guess I’ll start my evening wind-down routine and look forward to what tomorrow may bring. If you get the chance, try something new. Try it for a while to see how it wears on you. It may just change you for the better.