Happy New Year! I took a few weeks’ break from blogging and I really did feel it tugging at my mind. I wanted to come back here and communicate more regularly. Life, holidays, family, and a rapidly growing business kept me otherwise occupied, however, and those are all good things.
In my quest to start 2014 off right and create an amazing year of business and health, I read Robin Sharma’s book, The Leader Who Had No Title, and I am intrigued. Robin creates a convincing case for striving to be excellent in every way, in every interaction, and on every level. (Does this mean that once and for all I have to leave all my gunky, negative head-stuff behind? Hope so.) Interestingly enough, one of the ideas that resonated most with me was the discipline of getting up early every morning to have some time to create vision, plans, and goals. If you know me, you know that I am NOT a morning person. My college roommate is known to have woken me up by sitting on me while eating breakfast. I did not want to get up. Strangely enough, most of the various careers I have held have required relatively early mornings. I worked in an office requiring a daily meeting at 8 am, and I worked (and now work part-time) in a school that starts at 7:20 am. I complained regularly (and still stayed up late regularly). But I am mending my ways! According to Sharma, getting our heads together and creating a plan and a positive outlook for the day is invaluable. I get it. He recommends 5 am, and I am compromising with 5:30 am. He notes that it will take 40 days to make this an ingrained habit and that sometime during those 40 days I will think this is nuts. Ok, probably.
So, how have I spent my time this week, early in the morning? I have created a vision for this year in my business. I’ve seen it in more detail than ever before. I’ve written out some affirmations to read when I’m feeling frustrated. I’ve read another book related to my industry. I’ve increased my exercise. I’ve created lists of contacts and things to do that I hadn’t thought of before.
All those things are great, but I realized this morning that the best thing I’ve gotten out of 5:30 am so far is a wonderful, happy feeling of accomplishment that we all get when we’ve done something we needed to do. I’m on track, I’m on the road, I’m moving. I can’t think of a better way to start the day!
Have you tried early morning vision/planning/thinking sessions? What did you think?