Oct 12: Let's Reflect

As we roll into the end of the second week of the program, we want to take a moment and look at the bigger picture.

You are no newbie to Damn Early mornings, but whether you have done this program twice or 15 times (yes we have some members who are in this for the long haul!) hitting pause and looking at where you are at is key.

If you don’t, it’s too easy to slip into a comfortable routine and lose sight of what really matters, what you want, and where you want to go.

Over the past two weeks, hundreds of you have committed to winning at your own game and dove into something that most are unwilling to.

You put what matters to you before the world had a chance to take that space away--or at the very least, tried. Perfection isn't the goal here. 

More than that though, you played a part in building a community spanning over 10 countries and almost every time zone. That means at almost any time of the day, someone around the world is getting up to get after it.

That's powerful and we want to thank you for your willingness to embrace that side of life.

We think that's pretty damn cool.


Before We Look Ahead

Before looking at what's ahead, it’s worth taking time to sit back and reflect on what just happened.

Most of us have a fear of slowing down – unwilling to stop long enough to let what we’re doing catch up to us. Maybe this is because we don’t want to confront how we spend our time or maybe it's scary to pause and go under the layers for a bit. But if there’s anything history has taught us, it’s that slowing down to reflect only helps us move faster, further, and most importantly - more purposefully.

your challenge this AM - take 5 minutes to to reflect on what these last two weeks have been for you.

We're serious. 

It's simple, but powerful. And no matter how many times you have done DED or DEL, this makes a difference.

It will not only make a big difference in the rest of your Damn Early Life experience this month, but if you incorporate reflection into your life, it will have a huge impact on where you end up.

To get you started, we got some simple questions... look up from the screen and think about each one, write them down, it's up to you.

Here we go.

Questions Worth Thinking About

Keep in mind these are just a guideline to get you started. Your reflection is an exercise in asking the questions you care about.

About Damn Early Days:

Ask yourself:

  • What have you gained from waking up early this month?

  • What are your biggest struggles so far? Are they the same or different than past rounds of DED/DEL?

  • What positive stories have you been telling yourself throughout?

  • What self-defeating stories have you been telling yourself throughout?

  • Do you feel you're getting closer to what you want?

  • What differences do you notice in your life, routine, and mood before and during Damn Early Life?

  • What emotions have you gone through this month? What caused them?

  • Were there mornings that were particularly tough? Why?

  • Were there mornings that were particularly enjoyable? Why?

Looking Forward:

Ask yourself:

  • Put yourself in your own shoes at the end of this month. This program continues month after month, but it’s helpful to think about life in months. What do you want out of this? What defines “success”?

  • What do you want to feel at the end of this month?

  • What do you need to do next week to move yourself closer to your own success?

  • What can you carry into next week that you learned this week? What can you drop?

  • What’s the top priority in your life right now?

  • How can you use Damn Early Life to focus on it?

And of course...

Julian DeSchutter