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Establishing a Habit

By Lifeasarunningmom @RunningMom6
Establishing a HabitGood Morning!
How are you doing? Hopefully splendidly awesome! I am very happy that sunrise is so early now. By 6:00 am this morning I was certain it had to be closer to 8:00 am since the sun was so bright! And that may, just perhaps, help me establish my new routine. Getting up super duper early. You heard that right, super duper early. Too bad the sun can't rise at 3:20 am to help me get up as early as I need to on Wednesdays. And the other days aren't much later. I will still be up before 4:00 am.
But since I can't control the sunrise I will have to work on other elements to establish my early wake-up habit. And yes, habits can be formed through diligence and patience. Don't expect to change the world in a day and don't go trying to change a zillion things at once. Take one step, work on that, and build. My one step, get up early.
First, it is a good idea to know why you want to establish this habit. And no, your habit doesn't have to be the early wake-up call. It can be anything you want. Drink more water, eat more veggies, exercise more often, whatever. My reason, I have a training plan with the goal of breaking a 4 hour marathon. To achieve that goal, I must train hard. With summer break, I am working four longer days; therefore, the mornings are the best time to get my run/yoga in.
Second, commit to it. For me it helps to tell the world but you can do it however it works for you. Be determined and have faith you can do it. The power of positive thinking plus commitment is AMAZING!
Third, don't punish yourself. If you fall down don't be hard on yourself. Get back up and try again. We all fall down. I am sure some mornings I will struggle but don't punish yourself and I won't punish myself.
Are you working on any new habits right now? What advice do you have? 
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for early sunrise.
Daily Affirmation: I can get up early.

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