Sometimes I wonder what motivates people. What does an early riser think about when they are waking in the morning? Is it habit that makes them wake a dawn, are they just programmed from childhood or are they born with this inner alarm clock? What causes people like myself to stay up until we can no longer hold our eyes open? Is it that we’re afraid we will miss something, are we afraid of our dreams, are we just wired to be up until our bodies give out?
Those are some of the questions that I wonder especially when I find myself awake at night knowing the alarm will ring and I will have to get up for work. Even when I say I’m going to bed earlier from now on or on those rare occasions when I think how wonderful it must be to be a morning person. One of those people who watches the sun rise. Oh to watch the sun rise. I have done this in the past, mainly when I was in BASIC training or at AIT for the Army National Guard. It wasn’t very pleasant getting up at 0-4:30 but once awake and out standing in formation for PT I felt alive and energized. Being energized in the evening isn’t quite the same. It’s more like when we are out in the sunshine of a brisk or even frigid day. It’s not that I love being out there but being energized by the cold temperature is so refreshing.
To become a morning person one must commit to being awake at the crack of dawn. It isn’t something I can say I want to do, would like to do or that I’m going to do. It is more of making a commitment to myself and then following through on the commitment. The thing is, I don’t think I am committed to this new lifestyle even though I say it is what I want. This makes me wonder what else in my life to I want to see occur that isn’t. That starts a whole stream of thought to include I want to eliminate sugar yet I find myself craving it at work. This isn’t the case everyday and wasn’t the case for several months. Once Christmas came around with the baked cookies, candy canes, cakes, and other treats I began to crave sugar again.
I wonder what it would take to commit to eliminating sugar from my diet and changing from an evening person to a morning person. Whether you are a morning person or an evening person you can accomplish quite a bit however I love to lay in bed when I wake. If I woke early in the morning would I just lay there until the same time I normally get up or would I have the willpower and determination to write those five pages every morning, eat a healthy breakfast, get in a walk, and still arrive to work on time. It seems like a lot to accomplish prior to work yet I know people who do this everyday.
This brings me to my own behavior and comfort zone. Is there really anything wrong with staying up till one if it doesn’t affect my work life, health, or anything else? What makes me want to become a morning person anyway? Why can’t I write my five pages every evening before bed? About the sugar – this I am making a commitment to eliminate from my diet because sugar is a poison to the body. I shall do a cleansing diet and return to my no sugar lifestyle because I have been able to follow through on this in the past for several months without any set backs until I allowed for the indulgence during the holidays. I have eleven months to develop the strength and determination to elongate that craving by December 2015. It is doable. Becoming a morning person, not so much.
Brainstorming my thoughts on paper and in my mind help me to discover what I am willing to commit to and what I am not. Asking the questions allows me to delve deeper into the reason why I can commit to one thing but not another. As I continue the process, one day I will reach my true goals and stop focusing on the things I am not willing to commit to and this will allow life to flow.
What do you want to change in your life but haven’t been able to for the long haul? Is it something you truly want to change and are committed to or is it something you think you should do but it really won’t change your life or effect your goals?
This year, 2015, I will focus on the goals that I truly want to reach and eliminate anything in my life that may hinder reaching those goals. The bed time isn’t affecting anything, the sugar has the potential to effect my health, teeth, and weight. Knowing this narrows it down and I know what I shall work on.
First thing I did was to rid the house of the sugary foods so there were no temptations. Second thing was to avoid places where the cookies and cakes would call out to me. Third was to only order lattes with almond milk, no whip. This way I get the treat of a latte without the additional syrups and sweetness. This was one of several ways I have discovered in the past that work. I like to add a little eye candy.
Looks and tastes delicious. When home I prepare coffee in the coffee press and sometimes add a touch of cinnamon. No sugar needed.
Herbal teas also allow me to treat myself without the need for sugar or honey. Having several varieties in a basket with some pretty cups provides choices and a little fun when sharing with friends and family.
To appeal to the eye I use my cast iron tea-pot with loose leaf tea and meditate a little while sipping slowly from the small tea cups. Of course dragonflies decorating both add to the delight.
I am on my way to eliminating sugar and as I sit here at 11:52 pm on a work night know that going to bed early is out of the question. One out of two isn’t bad and I am committed to the one so I will mark that as a win.
I would love to hear your thoughts about change and how you go about making the commitment to reach your goals. What works for you and what doesn’t? Also, how many set backs, if any, have you had while reaching your goals? Everyday is a learning experience and we are all on a path of change whether intentional or not so we may as well work toward what we want.
Light and Love,