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Commitment for Change

by Mary Abranyi

A commitment to simple morning rituals can provide inner strength and confidence, and set the tone for a day filled with passion and wisdom.

As a child, I would often awake to the sounds of my grandmother singing “It’s time to wake up, it’s time to wake up, early in the morning,” then she would continue into a song she sang in her native language of Maltese.

How could I resist rising to meet the morning with such a sweet melody? Why would I resist?

Although I never could remember the Maltese lyrics, I still to this day have the fondest memories of her sweet wake up call. It was this experience that encouraged me to meet the day with a positive outlook and a willingness to get moving.

A positive morning routine can certainly aid in shaping a day but if practiced with consistency, it can create an opportunity for personal growth and wellbeing for the long haul. There’s definitely a level of commitment involved and maybe even some sacrifice, but imagine the potential benefits of gaining more energy, focus, and clarity. It’s also likely you’ll accomplish daily tasks with more ease and find you’re able to get more done each day.

Some of the most successful people have attributed their success to their dedication to a morning routine. The benefits of moving into the day, doing things that make you feel grounded, focused and strong can allow you to express these same characteristics in family life, work and community. The key is finding what works best for you and your lifestyle, what resonates with your wants and desires.

Again, consistency is the key but beyond that, what works for one may not necessarily work for another, so be true to yourself and if catching up on emails and social media first thing in the morning allows you the opportunity to carve out more time in your day then go for it.

Maybe taking quiet time for a gratitude practice, meditation or prayer creates more benefit in your life. Exercise, getting caught up on current affairs or listening to inspirational podcasts is what serves you best.

As you can see, the sky’s the limit and all you have to do is commit!

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