Early to Rise

Here’s why I wake up early every morning, and why you should too!  

I get up at 5:30 am every weekday…  well, okay, my alarm goes off at 5:15 for the first time and how many times I snooze it varies, but generally it’s about 5:30 when I finally roll out of bed.  I love to get up early and here’s why:  the house is MINE.  Literally, I can do whatever I want (Yay!  Cheers!  Screams of excitement!)  I love my husband and children more than words, but it’s nice to just have some time to myself.  As women, we tend to neglect ourselves.  Taking time to ourselves is not high on our priority list…  but it should be!

This topic got me thinking about a phrase that’s thrown around this whole network marketing world:  Personal Development.  What the heck does that even mean??  Well, I’ll tell you what I’ve learned so far, I believe that personal development is your own.  You do with it what you want and make yourself what you want.  Perhaps personal development is 30 minutes in the bathtub at night, decompressing from the day (and hiding from your kids).  Perhaps it is reading motivational books, or the Bible, or watching YouTube videos about self improvement, or attending a Bible Study.  Whatever it is, it is yours.

For those who know me personally, you know that I stopped drinking almost three years ago, and that was when I started to wake up early.  I realized that the early morning was a time of pure solitude in my house of chaos and I had better take advantage. However, this did not occur to me when I first started doing it…  I mainly just wanted to watch ESPN and cruise Facebook uninterrupted.  But I realize now how important this time of day is for me.  It is the prime time for my personal development.

So what does that mean to me?  I think personal development improves my ability to believe…  in MYSELF.  I need to know that I am improving as a human being day by day.  Particularly with this new venture and the stigma that comes with a networking marketing business.  I have to get past the idea that Sales, as an industry, is a sleazy job, dominated by greasy-haired men and prostitutes.  Remember that scene in Pretty Woman where Stucky (who will always be George Costanza to me) asks Edward what industry his new lady friend works in, and Edward replies, “She’s in sales?”  Yeah, that’s the stigma I’m talking about.  But that doesn’t matter.  The whole point of the personal development is that I need to move past what others think of me and my endeavor and just do what I believe is the right thing to do.

The early morning hours, when the sun is just hugging the horizon, the coffee is fresh and hot, the children are nestled all snug in their beds, and it’s so quiet in the house that you can actually hear the birds waking and chirping outside…  THAT’S the best time of day.  And there is no better time to invest in yourself!

XOXO

Becca

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