I've finally started to get the hang of this waking up at 5 am thing.
For the past 2 weeks, I made it 6 out of 7 days. And my sleep-in days were scheduled and intentional.
I have found that if I get up and go immediately to the shower, I don't struggle with sleepiness throughout the day. Interestingly enough, I feel more energized than ever.
This morning I even pushed the alarm up to 4:45 because I felt like I needed a little bit more time.
The bigger adjustment, as I've alluded to before, has been getting myself to bed earlier, but when you consistently get up before the sun, you spend less time laying in bed awake when you go to bed early...at least in my experience.
I'm really glad I started this writing habit. It has helped me grow exponentially over the last 252 days, and while I have few consistent readers, when somebody new and unexpected reaches out and lets me know that I'm making a difference in their life, it warms my heart. And on the rare occasion that somebody I've never met reaches out with positive feedback, I can't help but smile.
I would love to reach more people, and I will continue to write and seek information as to how I can accomplish that, all the while remembering that my primary goal is personal growth and self education/development. I share publicly first, as a form of personal accountability, and secondly out of a desire to serve others.
I want to help people transform their lives for the better. I love that I get to do that with young people in my job, and it would be great if this platform could provide a similar service to a larger audience.
I believe that transformational leadership starts with servant leadership. For an individual to allow another to speak into their life in a way that leads to transformation, the relationship must be developed on a foundation of trust. That trust is developed by the selfless service of others.
Serve someone today. Give without expecting anything in return.
Impact. Encourage. Inspire.