For the last month I’ve been working on trying to create a morning routine ritual courtesy of “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. And… the results for me have been pretty mixed.
To set the stage, I’m great about organizing and planning, but sticking to specific habits (especially ones related to self care) always seems to elude me. Unfortunately, I also have a tendency towards adopting bad habits really easily. (Sigh.)
I wanted to take on a morning ritual that would create a space for self care and self improvement. Learning more technical information about pointillism and having a body that can withstand the open studio and art fair events is important. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get into the routine fully. (In part because I often refer to 5 a.m. as the butt crack of dawn.) Getting up at 6 just wasn’t enough time, or it found me trying to meditate while hubs was rushing around trying to make the morning train. Blink. Blink.
Persevering, I tried breaking it up across the day, shortening how long I meditated, journaled, yoga’d, read affirmations, and visualized. Nothing seemed to “fit”. I was having modest success with 10 minutes of meditation, quick affirmation reading & 1 minute journaling, so the hope still remained.
Now I’m listening to “Atomic Habits” by James Clear and am getting a better understanding why some of my habits have stuck, while others have not. The premise is that it is not the goals that determine success, but rather the habit systems you create to make goals happen. It is in the act of repetition of these systems that make us successful. Mind blown.
So, after listening to “Atomic Habits”, I realize that my tiny success of meditation + affirmations + micro journaling is completely positive. If I can repeat that small morning routine consistently, I can totally build on it later with some exercise. Better to start small and build than start big and stop too soon.
The idea that small baby steps can be so powerful is exciting. Now, back to book listening while I knit.
— R. B.
ps. Feel free to leave a title suggestion for the cloudscape piece shown above in the comment section. It’s the tiny start to a whole new series.