Anyone who has served knows what a pain in the ass it can be to wake up at 5:30 in the morning and be expected to do a five-mile run.

I remember in those first few weeks after I got out, sleeping in never felt so good.  Running a 5K each morning was the last thing on my mind.

Now if I could send advice back in time to myself I would encourage myself to keep the habit going.  What I learned recently is how the simple act of waking up with the birds and not necessarily going for that run, but just a walk can change how you experience everything throughout the day.

You can ask my parents that I have never been a morning person, I would always rather stay up late either playing video games or watching a movie.

I remember when I got my first Roku a few years ago, I was binge-watching seasons of TV till two thirty in the morning on work nights.  When you have three kids and a full-time job this is probably the biggest guarantee that it’s going to be a long day the next day.

About a year ago, I read the book “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, and he writes how creating a practice of waking up and having a plan to invest in you each morning is a fundamental secret to success.  If you’re like most people, we don’t take the time to invest in us, it’s all about how we can help others.

Not investing can be exhausting over time and  prevents us from showing up to for the closest people in our life.

How does all this come back to Superman?  When I have woken up and went on a morning walk these last few months, the Sunrise has a great awakening and supercharging feeling.  Just like Superman draws his strength from the sun, so can you.  I know on the days I would take a walk vs. sleeping in or miss it for other reasons, my day never seemed in complete control.

There is a simple feeling of being ready for the day that comes over me when that sun hits my skin.  I get that almost superhuman feeling that this day is mine.

Bottom line, that time to pause and ready your mind for the day about to start can be the miracle your life might be needing.

Don’t believe me take a 10-day test with getting up an hour before anyone else in your home and do the following:

  • Read something inspirational
  • Do some type of physical activity
  • If you have a few extra minutes add the following
    • 10-day challenge of meditation on Headspace app
    • Write down three things that you are grateful for today
      • Hint: What could be worse today, and then flip it

 

Then after 10 days ask yourself the most important question, “How does this make me feel”.  This simple question has unlocked so many answers about myself that other questions don’t get the job done with.

When I asked this recently while on a walk, my answer was “Hopeful”.  Knowing that I had been struggling to generate my own hope, this answer led me to believe that this portion of my day is a key to ending the day feeling that today was better than yesterday.


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