early morning experiment: results, part 4: affirmations

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When I started this experiment, I committed to doing it by the book--as in, The Miracle Morning book. I decided not to reinvent the wheel. Instead, I was going to just try it the way it was working for someone else.

And that meant affirmations.

Here are the elements: silence (meditation or prayer or breathing), affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing. Not necessarily in that order. That order just makes a memorable acronym.

But, at the risk of shocking you affirmers out there, I felt really freaking goofy about the affirmations one. I believe in the power of the universe, but I also recently read Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America.

Still, I tried them.

And they felt wrong. Out loud. In my head. They were mostly aspirational, and so they felt like lies.

Here's an example: I arrive early, and I complete things ahead of time.

As someone with a lifelong relationship to being late and deadlining, I felt ridiculous. A voice in my head kept calling bullshit.

So I changed it to this: I am arriving early, and I am completing things ahead of time. And dang it, changing it to present tense--it worked!

It didn't magically transform me into an earlybird, but the act of saying those things every single morning means that I remember them later in the day when I'm about to make a choice that will make me late. Or when I'm about to press snooze on something and push it to the last minute. And I (usually) make a different choice.

I've been early to appointments. I've been on time getting home. I've completed six government grant applications all due on the same day A FULL 36 HOURS AHEAD OF TIME!

So. What I Learned, Part 4:

I can learn a lot by trying the recipe the way it's written first.

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This is Part 4 in a series of short posts about what I learned during my early-ass mornings experiment.

I'll see you tomorrow for Part 5.

On Saturday, I'm doing a Q&A post about this experiment based on questions and comments I've gotten from you guys. If you have something to ask, send me an email or leave it in the comments by clicking here. Don't worry: I won't use your name in the post.

With love from Cheryl

PS: If you are trying to figure out the best way to live in a world where kids lead protests about guns, bridges collapse, and there's mass disagreement about how community should work, you are not alone. I love you all.