Make Over Your Mornings – Day 7 Blog Along

Image from makeoveryourmornings.com

Image from makeoveryourmornings.com

Good morning! If you’ve been with us from Day 1, welcome back! I’m so proud of you for continuing on! If you haven’t snagged a copy yet, it’s not too late to get yours and join us! Head on over to Make Over Your Mornings to get yours now. The workbook that comes with it is invaluable – not to mention the personal videos you get to watch each day featuring Money Saving Mom‘s very own Crystal Paine. You can find Day 1’s Blog Along post here to catch up. And if you’re looking for a testimony to how wonderful this program works, you can find mine here.

Have your copy and ready to start changing your life? LET’S GO!

It’s so easy to let ourselves slide on our goals and priorities when the only one that knows about them is us. If you don’t risk the world seeing when you fail, you don’t have to worry about it, right? That’s how I treated so many things in my life, and I was dead wrong.

You see, I find that I can achieve so much more when I tell someone about my intentions. Knowing that I have that extra push to show them I can succeed in my plans can really make a huge difference in meeting my goals.

For instance, I’m going to admit something I’m not very proud of. In fact, I’m a bit ashamed. Have you ever seen this meme?

guys vs girls cars and rooms

While my care was never quite that bad, it certainly got pretty close at times – especially when I was in High School! Yikes, right?! The only reason it improved over the years, I’m sure, is because my kids had to sit somewhere.

Needless to say, one of my goals definitely needed to be to clean out my car and keep it clean. I’d finally gotten myself to the point where it was a majority of the kids’ toys and junk that was continually being left in the vehicle that created the mess, but I still had to make it a priority and a point to not let it happen.

I did a thorough cleaning on my car and informed not only my husband but my children that the car was going to remain that way from now on. I knew that if I could just make it to the 30 day mark of keeping it that way, I’d be set for life! The funny thing was, my husband had heard it from me before, and he wasn’t so sure I could do it.

Well, I’m happy to report I’ve long since passed my goal of 30 days of keeping the car clean! I made it a priority that no matter what else was going on or how big of a hurry I was in, as soon as I arrived home each time, I cleared out whatever had been put in the car. We made a rule that the kids couldn’t bring any toys with them into the car, and that has helped A TON! And guess what? My husband was impressed and astounded that it’s remained that way!

Making myself accountable to him made a world of difference in keeping that goal on track and eventually meeting it. Like we talked about on Day 5, Brandon and I have also agreed to have a weekly meeting on Wednesday nights to discuss where I am with my goals. I have absolute faith that these weekly meetings will keep me focused and driven to achieve success in my goals!

Crystal mentioned having an accountability partner for waking up on time in the mornings. When I first went through the course this past summer, I told my best friend about it and asked her to be mine. The plan was that I would text her when I woke (I had set my wake time for 6am), and that would keep me accountable. It was a great concept, but I found that sometimes, family and friends tend to be extremely forgiving or find ways to excuse your “tardiness” until it becomes acceptable to just not stick to the plan. For instance, if I had a couple of days where I just didn’t feel like getting out of bed on time, I didn’t really feel that much more accountable to go ahead and push through because I knew my friend would see it as no big deal. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when life happens. But, I also didn’t want to take a lackadaisical approach to trying to make over my mornings. If we go in with the attitude that it’s no big deal if we don’t follow through, then we simply won’t follow through, and what is the point in that?

If you have someone you’re thinking of as being your accountability partner but you know they’ll bend the rules for you just like my friend did for me, I’d recommend thinking of another avenue. Sometimes, it’s even better to have a stranger holding you accountable because we’re more likely to do things that “impress” or don’t let down a stranger than we are our own circle of friends. If that’s you and you’d like an accountability partner that’s not in your inner circle, I’ll be more than happy to be that for as little or as many people as would like! We can plan to let each other know our wake times and send a text to one another every morning when we get up. We can be there to encourage and support each other, and reassure on the days we don’t quite make it.

I’ll also be back here tomorrow with my experiences and thoughts from Day Eight! And don’t forget, if you still haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of the Make Over Your Mornings e-course, you can do that here.

So, tell me, who is your accountability partner and how do you plan to keep that relationship going? Daily text messages, weekly coffee dates, periodic lunch meetings?

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10 thoughts on “Make Over Your Mornings – Day 7 Blog Along

  1. My accountability partner is my 13-year-old son. We have been talking a lot with him about getting him better prepared for high school next year. He has been doing the program with me and he will ask me about it in the afternoon and watches the video later and we discuss what his decisions are. It’s interesting to see the thoughts of a teenager.

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    • I LOVE this! I’ve considered having my 9 year old look at the course next summer and think it would serve as a valuable tool. I know I wished I had gotten myself into some of the great habits – like getting up early and proper goal setting – at a young age so that I wouldn’t have spent all these years suffering through the growing pains. And kids can be excellent accountability partners! They certainly seem to keep us on track and are more than happy to inform us when we’re veering off. 😉

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  2. Well, I’m coming out as the best friend who failed in the accountability department for Red! …now I know I’ll really have to push whoever I hold accountable in my next venture. I understand tho; my sister volunteered herself to be my accountability partner, against my protesting, and wow! She is an encouraging motivator but also a hardcore do-it-just-to-shut-her-up motivator! It works.

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    • Oh my! I never dreamed you’d be reading this! Lol Either way, you were great to get me started. 😉 I just need a hardcore motivator to keep me on track. You’re wonderful for everything else…ESPECIALLY the support department! Love you!

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  3. This blog has been a huge accountability partner for me….when I first got the course got to day 3….then life got in the way….made it thru all the days so far….appreciate your examples and putting yourself out there Crystal.

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    • I’m so glad you’ve been following along Jean! And I’m extremely happy this blog has been helping keep you accountable! If it helps even just one person, it was well worth it. If you would like an accountability partner after the series wraps up, I’d be more than happy to be that for you! Just say the word. 🙂

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  4. This is a hard one for me. My accountability partners I think are too lenient when it comes to waking me up and holding me accountable. I am checking your website everyday so I am using that as accountability 🙂

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    • That sounds like just what I went through when I first went through the course! 🙂 I love that this blog is keeping you accountable! Keep up the good work! It only takes 21 days to form a habit, and you are almost half way there already!

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  5. Your post came through my Facebook feed last week so I decided to read it. I am happy I did as I enjoyed reading how you broke the course down. I have done the makeovers morning course but never completed it but had all good intentions. I think I tend to let life and my responsibilities get in the way. I would really like to commit and follow through as I tend to become stuck and freeze up and feel like maybe just haven’t applied what I have read. I have tried accountability partners before but I feel like Maybe I am not pushed enough or not really sure what I am doing wrong. I would be willing to try again if you want to be my accountability partner Crystal.

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