How to become a morning person or achieve anything else you want in life.

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I used to hit the snooze button several times every morning. I was convinced that I just “wasn’t a morning person”. But now I enjoy waking up before everyone else and I regularly start my days at 5:00 o’clock every morning.

You may be wondering how I was able to successfully create this new habit? I simply DECIDED that I will be waking up early and that I AM a morning person. I let go of the belief that I couldn’t get up early and instead I visualized myself as a person who wakes up bright and early, with energy and enthusiasm to start her day.

I realized that oftentimes we became the victims of our own belief system. Have you ever thought or said any of the following things to yourself: “I’m not a morning person” or “I’m always late”, “I never have enough time”, “I can’t give up eating sugar”, “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga”, “I’m a bad writer”?

Have you ever wondered where these beliefs come from? You may have encountered some challenges in your life or adopted a habit that doesn’t serve you, and based on these experiences started telling yourself that you are not good enough or that you can’t do certain things in life. Or perhaps somebody else prematurely judged your ability to succeed or said something hurtful about your efforts or skills.

Either way, you CHOSE to believe those opinions. And when you have a certain belief about yourself you will consciously or subconsciously make every effort to comply with it. Exploring your mindset and becoming aware of the negative and self-limiting beliefs stored in your mind is the first step to making any change in life.

The good news is that we can choose again. We can recognize which thought patterns are keeping us stuck and we can replace them with the new positive and empowering beliefs. You can DECIDE that you are a morning person, a good runner, an excellent yoga student, you can give up unhealthy foods, lose weight or get promoted.

Once you decide that you CAN do something, you will start acting in accordance with your belief system. You will become more courageous with your decisions and actions. You will also start focusing on solutions and opportunities rather than wasting your time and energy on reinforcing bad habits or dwelling on the negative experiences from the past.

So which limiting beliefs are running your life? Are they true? How do you know they are true? What could you do if you let go of these beliefs? 

Joanna Echols (MS, MA, PBC, RYT200), Career & Wellness Coach

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