Day 16. Today my alarm goes off and I really don't want to get up. I lay there for a few moments listening to the alarm get louder. Today I felt like I needed more sleep , I could easily do it, my schedule allowed the time, the wind was howling outside and it was cold. These thoughts and observations were not helping. I strained my eyes to look at the clock 5:30 am , I stayed there long in bed 5.32 am. I was weighing up the options of jumping out hitting snoozing and getting back in as quick as I possibly could. Where had my motivation gone , I've been doing so well, I was enjoying this what happened, I started to ponder as the Alarm is now shouting loudly.
5.34 am. 4 mins of the alarm sounding was starting to drive my husband (who's in the same room) crazy. He rolled over and passed me a note that I had written and placed on the bedside table. I couldn't see it, it was dark but I remembered what it said. Snooze! You Lose!
He was right! Why was I even going through this process of not wanting to get up. I got out of bed 5.36am turned the alarm off and had a drink of water. I went into bathroom and brushed my teeth and went downstairs, turned the lights on to fully wake me up.
Time for some purposeful silence , but it was cold , I had to decide if I was going to do my Sit Spot, I could hear Ros voice in my head from the weekend 'no matter the weather'. So I grabbed a jumper and coat , put on my hat and gloves and went outside. I sat for 10 mins in my chosen spot. I started to feel more awake , the fresh cold air and the focusing on my breathing was helping a lot. After I came back inside and read the Miracle Morning affirmations Hal had shared with me when signing up.
I then did my visualisation using my vision board. Whilst doing this I considered the things I was including were my motivation, for making these changes.
After all motivation is described as internal and external factors that give energy or desire to a person to achieve their goals. My vision board clearly had my goals laid out. But I hadn't remembered them today.
It was now time to move to exercise and as my bike was still broken I decided I needed to do the DVD again but I don't really feel it as I said before, today was feeling more like a chore. I decided I should go back outside in the fresh air and run. ( yes you heard me correctly ) The moon was still full and shining brightly, it was so shocking bright and beautiful I had to stop and take a moment to take a photo.
My mind wandered as I started to run was back to thoughts my motivation.
After 20 minutes of running I came back I had decided (whilst running) that I needed to read/research and journal about motivation to find out and feel more.
My run had made me feel physically good, my blood was pumping , my heart racing and I was no longer cold. So now for a bit more brain building I thought.
As I researched I came across a theory known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs by a psychologist in the 1970's called Abraham Maslow.
In his his work he suggests that people are motivated by a hierarchy of needs and that some need to come before others can be obtained. A lot of his work had both critical comments and praise. But to me and for how I was feeling today it made perfect sense. They are as follows
Every person is capable and has the desire to move up the hierarchy toward the top level of self-actualisation and full potential. But sometimes progress can be disrupted by failure to meet lower levels needs.
So when I brought this back to my lack of motivation today I realised there were some areas/needs I had not fully engaged into today and as such had no desire to move up the levels to reach my full potential.
Now I do have to stop myself here writing as I realise I need to give myself credit after all this said I did get out of bed and I did do all my SAVERS. So I do have motivation and I must release my inner critic now and decide how I move forward with this.
When I journalled today I wrote most of this blog and made myself a list to ensure a more successful and motivational Morning tomorrow.
Go go to bed earlier (by 10pm)
Take vision board with me to see and look at before sleep and again in the morning
Set heater to come on 15 minutes before getting up
Fix exercise bike
Choose new book to read
Most importantly I got out my statement where I had written my mission , my motivation , my passion to what does and will keep me on the right path and keep me at the top level of motivation.
I'm sure there was a large Chapter or part of a chapter on finding your purpose , your mission your reason for getting up in The Miracle Morning (so note to self reread this).
Reminding myself of all of this and being prepared , making sure I did do my SAVERS routine, had brought that excitement back and I had learnt some valuable insights to myself! I can do this and if your still reading you can too!
To live a life full of happiness, health, peace, contentment, success, excitement, wonder, creativity and magic. And to inspire others to do the same.