Tip #15: Know that God is Pleased with You

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This is, perhaps, the most important tip of all. A difficult one to understand and believe, but if we allow its truth to sink deep down into our hearts, it is a game-changer. Know that God is incredibly pleased with you. That’s right! He is not looking down with scowl on His face and disappointment in His heart. He gazes on you and me with incredible love. “But, how is this true?” you ask. I’ve asked the same question. How can God look down on me with full acceptance after I stayed up too late, my attention on the worthless? How can He…

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Tip #14 Pray for Perspective

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Boredom. Laziness. Exhaustion. Sickness. Sinful desires. Distraction. Forgetfulness. Children. Responsibilities. There are so many factors that affect bedtime and wake time. It takes continual sacrifice, focus, initiative, and flexibility to create a successful early-morning routine, and it is super-easy to get discouraged when we don’t have what it takes. We must keep our “eyes on the prize” if we are to make becoming an early-riser a lifetime habit. And, we are wholly dependent on God’s abundant grace to keep us going. So, we must pray—beg for His presence in our moments—that we might make the hard choices, by His empowering Spirit. Lara…

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Tip #13: Be Prepared

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There’s nothing more annoying than waking up before the sun, only to have my precious time cut short for one reason or another. Some mornings it seems as if the seconds are just shorter! My time in the Word is not long enough, planning is squeezed in as kiddos arise from their sleep, and time to exercise eludes me. Usually, mornings like this occur because I didn’t prepare well the night before. Another morning-time-crusher that can be avoided by a bit of planning ahead is noise. Seems as if I take one-too-many steps on our creaky wood floors my kids…

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Tip #12: Celebrate Your Successes

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We’ve taken time to figure out our why, set our long-term goals, and determine our baby steps. Our next focus was on a better bedtime through setting an alarm for bedtime, and then we moved on to the actual getting out of bed. We got a bit vulnerable by telling others and surrounding ourselves with encouragement and accountability. Then we ditched the snooze button and made an investment to support our goals. We’ve come a long way! Yet it is so easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged by our slow progress. We need to celebrate every little baby step reached! Night-owls don’t become early-birds overnight, and if we are constantly looking at…

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Tip #11: Manage Your Expectations

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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…

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Tip #10: Make an Investment

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When I first set out to take this get-up-early thing seriously, it seemed as if my kids had signed up for the HelloMornings challenge, too! I kid you not—the very week I started getting up BEFORE them, they started waking up EARLIER. This was incredibly frustrating. A friend suggested a special alarm clock to help keep my kids in bed while I was getting up. My first thought was, “no way I am going to spend $30 on a dumb clock!” But after a few more weeks of frustration—and failed attempts to keep my early risers in bed—I decided it…

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Tip #9: Don’t Snooze

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This might be one of the most fruitful tips in our 15 Transformational Tips for the Night Owl. It is also one of the hardest. Are you ready for this, ’cause some of you are going to want to slap me after this one… Ditch the snooze button. I can’t remember how long ago I finally said “Adios!” to the snooze button, but it has been a good change. This is coming from the gal who’s college roommates dubbed me the Snooze Queen. So, I totally get this struggle. To be sure I am clear here, when I say ditch…

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Tip #8: Surround Yourself with Support

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As I shared in our in(RL) HelloMornings video, I tried (unsuccessfully) for years to get up early to spend time with God. I made it up for a few days, weeks, or even a month; but it never stuck. Today’s tip continues to be transformational for me, in meeting my morning goals.   Surround Yourself with Support This is what the HelloMornings challenge is all about; providing a group of like-minded friends who are running in the same direction as you.  The accountability and encouragement of the HelloMornings community has pushed me toward goals I thought I might never meet….

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Tip #7: Tell Others What You’re Up To

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It’s one thing to set your goals, make your plans, and set an alarm for bed time. It’s quite another to tell others of your goals, your plans, and what time you plan to be in bed. (I just love the movie Elf, don’t you? Telling others about our goals made me think of this quote. Random . . . I know.) Here’s transformational tip #7: Tell others of your attempts to rise early. It is much easier to give up, if no one knows what you are trying to do. Tell your husband and children what your plans are. Post about…

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Tip #6: Don’t Linger

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I’m in a deep sleep—happy in la-la land—and suddenly I hear the tone of my alarm calling me to the real world. Is it time to get up already?! As reality sets in that it is, indeed, time to wake up, I reach for my phone to silence the sound and face a decision. To get up—or not. It is in this pivotal moment I can use all the help I can get, so here is our next tip! Don’t linger. Sit up, place your feet on the floor, and start walking! It is hard to get out of bed, whether…

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