Updated: Jul 18, 2020
P - Persistent Approach
I read it in a book that every change is difficult in the beginning, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end and I truly believe in that theory. Every change is difficult because it takes an enormous amount of effort to break our current pattern and adapt or even begin with a new one. Let's say, you decide to get up early in the morning but somehow you end up waking up at your regular time. There is no external power that's stopping you from getting up but it's just that you choose your cozy bed over early morning bliss. So yeah, change is difficult in the beginning! Moving further to the part where you have started to get up early but there are days when you are not up for it. It just doesn't feel like it's your day to follow your routine. That's nothing but your conscious mind protecting you from moving out of your comfort zone. Once you continue this practice for a period of 21 days, you will start to notice a shift in your energy level when you rise early in the morning.
Persistence is the most important element here. Try to imagine this: small drops of water falling on a rock continuosly can sculpt a hole in the rock. Nature is teaching this lesson to us that persistence can break even the hardest surface.
Tip: If you really are struggling to wake up early in the morning, try doing this:
(i) Do not keep multiple alarms. Just one alarm and if you fail to wake up, then you miss your breakfast / you report late to work / you miss your school bus or whatever punishment you want to keep
(ii) Keep your phone away from you so that you do not hit snooze in your sleep
(iii) As soon as your alarm rings, get out of the bed immediately before your mind starts to flood you with excuses to sleep more
(iv) As soon as you wake up, make your bed. That way you will start your day with 2 achievements. One, of waking up in the first go and second by making your bed immediately as soon as you wake up.