5 a.m. What?

5 a.m. Some people view that time….literally, because that’s when they wake up or are already awake. Most people I know….see 5 a.m. and cringe!

No one wants to wake at 5 a.m!

No one wants to wake at 5 a.m!

I used to think I was not a morning person. But knew I was definitely not a night owl. I liked to say I was an afternoon person….whatever that means.

Anyway, the past several days my husband and I have been attempting to create the habit of waking up at 5 a.m. I mentioned in a previous post (Purposeful, Intentional, Productive) that I had spent the last week of NaNoWriMo getting up that early. It’s easier to rise when you have a very specific goal in the morning. Also, December being a hectic, holiday-filled month, getting up that early was sporadic at best. We have progressed to rising earlier than 5:30, so still in the middle of transitioning into the habit of a 5 a.m. rise and shine. But we’re getting there!

Why?? Why are we attempting something so crazy, when we don’t have to? ….you may ask.

Because all the people we want to be like… The leaders. The achievers. The people who make a big impact on the world around them…. All those people we look up to, and want to be like, were self-disciplined enough to be early risers. At 5 a.m. you don’t have the interruptions that you have the rest of the day. That first hour in the day, you can do whatever you like. Every day. Consistently. Which in turn, enables you to achieve your dreams!

What habits help you to achieve your dreams? Are your dreams important enough to you, to alter your lifestyle?

Just. In. Time.

So this past weekend was crazy.

My husband went to our old house a couple days ahead of me, to get some much needed packing done. I left work Friday and drove straight there. When I arrived, some people were in the middle of loading up a couple trucks. One of our closest friends had been there for several hours, working like a beast. I was surprised to see the other two:  the guy who would be moving into our house and one of his friends. Everything was plowing right along, so I decided to join them in my work clothes (I think that’s the biggest work-out my heels have gotten!)

We finished unloading the trucks after dark, and everyone headed home. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the house, we discovered the garage door was jammed. The two guys were driving by, so my husband flagged them down and asked if they knew anything about garage doors. Even after hours of loading and unloading, they fixed the problem for us.

Saturday we tied up loose ends in town, started packing the random things that were left, and tackled the cleaning. While eating lunch, we found out the family moving into our house was stuck between a rock and a hard place:  Originally, they planned to move Monday. The people moving into the house they were leaving, had to be in by April 1st. But, those people had just showed up with their first load of stuff.

We told them they could park their trailers at our house and we would try to be out that day. Now we no longer had Sunday to finish cleaning, or to move our last load.

We went back to work. We didn’t even stop for supper. It was past midnight, and we finally finished!

As we were loading our truck to find a place to “camp”, the family offered to let us stay the night and said they wished they had known we hadn’t eaten, because they would have shared some of their ribs. It was very sweet of them, but weirdly enough we were looking forward to sleeping in the back of our truck.

Campin' in a Truck Bed

First we headed to the next town, hoping there might be a fast-food drive still open. Nope. Even the gas station was closed. Then we drove to a nearby reservoir, to camp. As soon as we parked, we could hear machinery chugging away. That was going to keep us up. So we drove to the county lake. There were signs posted everywhere saying you had to have a permit to camp. Fortunately, we had a friend who own property out there. So we parked on their property, and my husband texted them at 1:00 am to make sure we had their permission. We did.

We’ve camped several times before in a tent. But never before in the back of a truck. We woke up very refreshed. It was a beautiful morning!

We swung by the house to pick up the electric keyboard we kept in the garage overnight. The couple came out to chat and help load the keyboard and other stuff we were taking with us.

Whenever we have interacted with that couple, they have impressed me more each time! I am glad we were able to help them out.

Dedication, Discipline, & A Little Loopy

Impossible is potential.

My running partner and I got out of the car at 8:00 in the morning. Our goal was to run twice around a lake—equaling 7 miles. A distance we have run several times before, but I am not a morning person and by 8:00 the temperature was already reaching ninety. It was smack dab in the middle of the hundred-plus heat wave. We stretched, splashed water behind our ears, and started trotting.

My running partner is normally a very encouraging person, but that day he was just not feelin’ it. We made it about half a mile before he grumpily admitted, “If you weren’t here, I’d turn around right now!” We kept going. After making it once around the lake—3.5 miles—we stopped for a water break and stretched some more. I asked if he wanted to keep going or just head home. He told me it was up to me. We kept going. He said, “I can’t believe I let you decide!” I said, “We’re practicing dedication and discipline!” We laughed. At the end we both admitted the second time around felt better than the first. Then we drove home.

Our two other running partners ran a different route an hour and a half before us. They laughed at us, saying we were loopy.

I realized some of the words we used that day describe what we need to be to achieve our dreams:  Dedicated, Disciplined, and a little Loopy!

Dedicated

“Wholly committed to something, as to an ideal, political cause, or personal goal.” If we want to make our dreams happen, we need to stick by them. No matter what happens, what people say, or what doubts we face, we need to be willing to keep holding on—never let go of your dreams!

Disciplined

“Activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill.” This is the only way we can take our dreams to their full potential. We need to be willing to buckle down and work at it.

A Little Loopy

“Eccentric; crazy; dotty.”  There will be times when people might look at you, shake their heads, and wonder what in the world you are doing. These are usually the people who have never attempted to pursue a dream bigger than living a life of comfort. But…when being a little loopy is coupled with dedication and discipline, amazing things can happen!

I want to end this post with a quote from Kent Wright’s blog Iron Sharpens Iron, Men Strengthen Men:

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”  –Muhammad Ali