Day 6: Living from a Higher Place

Have you ever walked about in the dark and ran into things? The same thing happens when we are upset and we interact with other people. Being upset or hurt clouds our perspective and makes our words and actions land the same way – causing upset.

A higher place means, a place where you feel calm. You don’t need to be a cheerful bunny to allow yourself to interact with others, but a state of calm will allow you to be more aware to different triggers that might bring you down.

Day 5: Know Where to Go for Help

Someone once told me that whatever the issue, there is a book somewhere that addresses it. And, as obvious as it may sound, that to me was new.

I’ll be honest and say that at this point I’ve failed more than I’ve succeeded at walking up at 4AM. The positive is that I’ve been able to keep this part of the commitment – writing daily with a 5.30AM delivery time. This means that I need a better strategy for my 4AM endeavours. Postponing so often the 4AM to 5AM means that I’ve been reinforcing this type of behaviour in the past 4 days. I have some readings lined up for today, one of which is the ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ book. I won’t be reading it cover to cover, but focus on some exercises that will help me overcome this challenge.

If you have any books that have been helping you when you got stuck, I’d be happy to learn about it.

Day 4: Adjusting

Something that I’ve learnt in the past few days is that the 5.30AM deadline is working, but waking up at 4AM is a bit hit and miss. For the next 5 days I will give myself time to adjust my daily routines, mainly the evening one, without which the morning can easily fall apart.

It’s important to maintain focus but at the same time to understand that a goal is supported by different moving pieces. Getting the day on a healthy path is my new objective that will feed into the 4AM wake-up. Wish me strength and if you have any suggestions please let me know 🙂

Day 3: Breaking Down Goals

Stressing out about falling behind is not going to get things done. Instead, breaking down our goals into chunks, if it is even one task a day, will help us get things moving and gain momentum.

My focus for the day is to identify my top three priorities and do SOMETHING that will move things forward.

Day 3 started under the influence of Day 2, with a 5AM start instead of 4AM. But my challenge is still very much on. Let’s see where we are in 27 days.

Day 2: Start Over?

What happens if you fail as I did today? I think there are two main options, we either start over or we push forward. I can speak from experience and say that starting over never did anything for me. Starting over implies that the experience of failure is dismissed, that succeeding at something the next day has nothing to do with the challenge that we faced. That’s not really accurate. What I will do different tomorrow might have never happened if it wasn’t for today.

First, I’ll give myself a tap on the back just for pushing forward. It wasn’t 4 AM sharp for me today, but I now know that I can’t just count on my enthusiasm to get me out of bed and stay active. The second step is planning on eliminating the risks of napping and drooling on the sofa. What’s my plan to get back on track? I’ll schedule in a work-out for 4.10. This means that I can spend 20 minutes on waking up my body and getting my mind used to how we are going to do things moving forward. It’s time to get back control over my life.

Day 1: Making the Most Out of the Time We’ve Got

Have you ever noticed how time seems to vanish? The time between Mondays and Fridays, or just between the beginning of summer and the end of it. Although it might feel like there is nothing in between, there is. If anything, your bills are a constant reminder that something did happen. I would call though those anchor moments, moments of awareness. When something so powerful is happening to you that it shakes you off a loop of habitual living, of mindlessly just getting by. Those moments of awareness are your time to make decisions.

The best decision one can make is to create more moments of being here, now, 100%. You don’t have to make radical changes in your life unless you want to, but living life responsibly means more than just staying in your own corner and hoping not to do anything out of sync with the rest of the world. It means that you have responsibility towards yourself, the people in your life, all beings on Earth, our very own planet, the Universe, everyone is keeping you accountable to MAKE EVERY MOMENT MATTER. Because, guess what? It does.