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Why You Got Up This Morning

Another day has dawned. Sometimes sunny. Sometimes not.

The next day of your life has arrived. Seemingly without fanfare. But it’s here.

What are you going to do about it?

You could lie in bed, like I have, for hours. Refusing to get up and get going.

Or you could get up right away and get started on all that you can take on today.

Whichever it is, you know as well as I do that you have to get up eventually.

Here are 4 possible options for why you got up this morning…

Option #1: You’re Responsible

You got up because you had to. You’re responsible. You have work to do. There are others relying on you to do what’s necessary. Or even if nothing else, you have to take care of yourself.

You’re a go-giver. You know that you’ve got something to give. You have plenty to contribute.

The world keeps on turning, and you keep on earning. You’re not going to let anything get in the way of that.

You keep on doing what needs to be done. You’re reliable. And you’re confident that you’ve got what it takes.

You keep on going, and you’ve got a schedule to keep. You’re like a well-oiled machine. You’re a leader, and you have to set an example.

Option #2: You’re Excited

You’re awake before your alarm goes off. You’re happy to be alive. You see each day as a present, a gift to embrace. You’re grateful for all you’ve got, and you know that more is always available.

You’re thankful that you got to wake up. You have another day to enjoy, and you’re excited to discover the surprises it has in store for you. You enjoy surprises, and you roll with the punches. You’re adaptable, and you’re extremely skilled in seeing the bright side of things.

People enjoy being around you. You help light up their day. You are a source of joy in the world. A source of love. A source of peace. You are an expression of the divine, and you accept your role in life. You are here to multiply the amount of harmony that humanity experiences.

You look for the goodness in people, and they’re glad to see the goodness in you. One of your strongest beliefs is that “Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.” And you’ve seen that belief proven true in your own life more times than you can count.

Option #3: You’re Hurting

You had a leg cramp. Or a cramp somewhere else. You had to stand up in a hurry or face the further consequences of pain.

Maybe you were in bed so long that you risked getting bed sores, so you knew you had to get up.

Or you needed to leave your bedroom so you could physically be with someone else.

Whatever your reason, you knew that staying in bed wasn’t going to ease your pain. You knew that you had to leave the confines of your bed to find relief.

Did you find the relief that you seek? Have you eased your pain and found some comfort?

Pain is a powerful motivator. Much more powerful of a motivator than pleasure.

The drive to avoid pain is a greater force than the drive to gain pleasure.

Why not use both pain and pleasure to drive you forward?

Option #4: You’re Hungry

You know that whatever you need requires a further effort on your part.

You could be physically hungry or simply hungry for more of whatever you can have in life.

Always wanting more. Isn’t that a natural state of the human condition?

Doesn’t seem to matter how much we have or where we are. We’re always wanting more.

What are you searching for? And are you sure that you don’t already have it?

You are the answer you’ve been seeking. You have the confidence, the gratitude, and the ability that you need to create the life of your dreams.

What are you hungry for? More possessions or less?

I’ve been through both extremes. I’ve had so much more than I’ve ever needed. And I’ve been a minimalist, too. I had empty rooms, empty cupboards, empty drawers. It was freeing. I gave away so many possessions. I saw that I had plenty enough abundance to share with others. That got me so very happy. I felt like I could fly.

Are you hungry for something else? What could that be?

You’re capable of achieving your dreams. Even if sometimes you need to be reminded of that fact.

Whatever lessons you’ve learned, whatever challenges you’ve faced, you’ve gone through what is necessary to build up the strength inside yourself. And now, you stand at the edge of a cliff.

You face a choice that could either make you or break you.

You could play it safe and hold back for the rest of your life. Or you could step off that cliff, that metaphorical cliff, and see what awaits you.

If you walk away, you refuse the opportunity to find out that you do, in fact, have what it takes.

Your dreams await you. In the waking world. Not just when you sleep.

Your life can be such a fantastic work of art. But only if you give yourself the chance to spread your wings and fly.

Will you do it? Will you take that chance?


You had multiple options to choose from for why you got up this morning. Depending on the day, the circumstances, and your mood, it could have been any of those options that got you going.

Life isn’t one note, and neither are you. You’re responsible and excited. You’re hurting, and you’re hungry.

You’re here, and you’re going to make sure that your voice is heard and your impact is felt. You have the chance to prove that your dreams are greater, stronger, and more powerful than your nightmares.

When you reveal your greatness, you give others permission to do the same.

Who knows? You could even be the reason someone else gets out of bed.

Above all, remember that you are greater than you think, stronger than you know, and more powerful than you realize.

Why did you get up this morning? Please share about that in the comments section below. I’d like to hear from you.

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Until next time,

James Barnett

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