DETERMINATION: A tremendous urge to be the best, willing to pay the price,
which requires countless hours in practice perfecting skills
This word, determination, best describes my interaction with the Wakey Wakey challenge last week. This is my buddy’s definition that she uses often when she coaches. She is one of the best coaches I know. I wish I had remembered the definition. Don’t tell her I forgot…
This definition of determination runs you through three stages.
1. Urging tremendously
It all starts with a desire. I desire to wake up early. I know and have seen firsthand the benefits of this discipline already! I love the feeling of being in charge of my day. I love getting things done. I love waking my kids in a peaceful state of mind instead of a frenzy. I love that my hubby gets to see me and we actually get to say hello before the munchkins start hollering. I love writing to you! I just don’t like those first few minutes of eye opening. Groggy, sleepy, dark, cold…. ugh.
2. Paying the price willingly
This is where the choice kicks in. I know what I want to do now in order to do it, I have to pay the price. If it’s a cheap cost, it’s probably a cheap product. My husband will tell you, I’m anything but cheap! I think the key for me is paying the price willingly. If when I wake and hit the nastiness of the morning and carry that icky attitude with me, I will not enjoy this experience. I need to want to. No one is making me do this. I don’t have to do this…but I do so desperately want to.
So, I make that expensive purchase to invest in my day. I pay it in Z’s.
Every minute I wake earlier, I have paid for by missing my precious sleep and as I count that cost, I am motivated to make the most of my time and have a good time doing it.
3. Practicing perfectly the required time needed
I have good days and I have bad days. Last week was full of bad days. Sheer motivation drove me to continue instead of give up. Ok, determination and coffee…lots of coffee. But also prayer, Don’t ever count out prayer (just know who you’re talking to. Prayer to myself is pointless…I’m the one who needs help!) And a lot of reflection and self-talk. I choose how I am going to invest in this challenge. Short cuts, like waking up and then going for a nap 15 minutes later (No, I didn’t do that. I just thought about it. Often.) will help me get through the challenge but it won’t help me succeed at it. I need to do this right. I am giving my time to invest in my life. I don’t get these days or minutes back so I had better get take time I need and practice these habits with excellence.
Determination will get me to my desired goal. Deterrents will try to derail me, but I can not let it. One week left. I can do this. I am determined to do this. Good Morning, Fred! Hello, Success!
Determined to stay,