Too good to be true. I thought so. Me. Waking up early? No chocolate-lovin way. But then it happened…
I was being an early Riser. I was watching sunrises. I was sipping coffee and cheerfully waking my family for the day…cue the Hallelujahs!
Pride! Productivity! Party! … Problems!
Yup, you heard me. Problems. That honeymoon didn’t last long. Everything that could stop me from rising early rose up to try and stop me. Sick kids. Even the baby got in on that one. Deadlines for work …like that’s important. I could do this early rising thing if I didn’t have a life. I would LOVE to go to bed at 6 pm and wake up refreshed as Fred (my alarm clock aptly named by Andy Traub author of Early To Rise) lovingly sings my song of good morning to my freshly perked ears. But nooo.
Life’s not as peachie when you have to wake up from interrupted, life-infested near sleep.
It feels like…
Yeah. It feels just like that. Like I’ve been sucker punched. I was seriously starting to think I could handle this challenge. The dream of Peachie the Perfect was coming back full circle. I almost wiped out. That’s why the sucker punch hurt so badly. In my quest for the goal, I almost lost it all because I almost lost myself. This challenge was never meant to define me but rather to design me.
As I began refocus (again) on the ever-growing and long-lasting effect the Early to Rise Challenge could offer and started accepting the life-long designing challenges went along with implementing the tools given throughout each daily lesson, the termination of my quest was no longer an option. With that in mind, thanks to the continual encouragement from the book and the online early rising community, I can honestly say this challenge has been met with:
Not because I became a morning person. I have not. Not because I have arisen every day at my desired goal. Didn’t happen. But I am a success because I did not quit and I let the challenge design me. Though I was close to termination, I grasped De-termination instead. Thank you, Andy, for your obedience and experience in writing this book. Because of it, I get to sign off this challenge–