This HelloMornings thing is hard.
Going to bed at a decent hour is hard.
Getting out of bed is hard.
Jumping out of bed once, out of sheer determination and excitement for a new change is one thing. Rising early, day after day, month after month, year after year? That is a whole different ballgame.
Manage Your Expectations
This is so important, friends. We must see this change as a long-term, slow-going, delayed-gratification journey.
Transformation does not come overnight.
There WILL be days you hit snooze. You WILL stay up way too late. And just when you begin to gain morning-time-momentum, unexpected changes WILL come and take the wind out of your sails.
Expect interruptions in your sleep. Expect sickness. Expect little ones to want to join you in your new-found early morning hideout.
On the days you don’t make it up, take the extra sleep as a gift and get back to your baby steps for the next sunrise. When bad habits take over and you find yourself burning the midnight oil yet again, don’t waste energy feeling defeated, set your bedtime alarm and start over tonight.
His mercies are new EVERY morning. (Even when you hit snooze.)