I’m a quitter. I’m not particularly a fan of quitting, but honestly, after sharing my story with my friends about my #30DayChallenge, that is exactly what I’ve done. I’ve quit. Or… to be more clear, I’ve stopped doing the Challenge.
Is Stopping the Same as Quitting?
I’m going to argue no. (Obviously.) My Challenge this month was to get up early. Everyday. No excuses. Now to be clear, I don’t have to get up early. I don’t have a commute. There are no kids at home. My Franklin the Wonder Dog likes to sleep in. Getting up early is entirely by choice.
The reason I wanted to get up early is because I was conned into thinking that I would be happier (I was chasing a shiny thing) if I got up earlier. I would be more productive. I would feel better about myself. It would be like a magic wand went over my day and started it with rainbows and sparkles if I just did this ONE thing.
Nope. That isn’t what happened. Instead I would either fail at getting up early and I would start my day feeling like a failure. (Note to self, not a great beginning to anything except a Lifetime movie where there is some big awakening.) Or I would get up before 7:30 (that was the drop dead time to get out of bed) and I would burn the eggs, not remember if I had washed my hair in the shower or not or forget my phone when I was leaving to go to a meeting. In other words, I was groggy and forgetful. Also, not a great way to start the day.
I decided after MULTIPLE days of this that it wasn’t worth it. No amount of “Miracle Morning” was worth such a bad beginning. So, I stopped. Rising early, right now, isn’t for me.
I’ve crafted a magical life that is practically rainbows and unicorns already. I work for an organization I care deeply about, have clients and speaking engagements that make my heart sing, my home is tiny and tidy, I craft my own days and wrench out as much productivity as I can, I get to be creative in writing, blogging, painting, photography, I eat homemade and healthy meals – I live the dream (small and tiny house kind of dreams, but still this is MY dream).
So, mornings aren’t my thing right now. Ok. I get up at 7:30 and I feel fine about that. I sleep great and I feel really rested. Those things are magical to me, too. Stopping made me realize I already had what I wanted. I call that a successful #30DayChallenge.
If you want to join the #30DayChallenge (it’s totally free and filled with amazing people) send me an email and I’ll add you to the group.