We all know the saying, but how many people actually sit up and take the true meaning on-board?
Furthermore, how many people use this idea to its full potential?
Waking up early to hit the ground running is a really common habit among most of the successful people in the world.
And, of course, when we copy the habits of successful people, we automatically program our minds to think and act like successful people do!
Picture the scene:
Your alarm clock buzzes, beeps or bursts into your favourite Duran Duran song at 6am. You force yourself out of bed, pushing through the sudden burst of cold as your feet touch the carpet and your rub your eyes as you stand up.
NO ‘snooze' button.
NO rolling over for ‘another 5 minutes'.
I mean, shit… it's hard to do, but when you start the day in that powerful way, you automatically begin your day with absolute MOMENTUM.
You've probably heard people use the phrase ‘start as you mean to go on'.
That expression literally sums up the power of momentum.
Push a skateboard down a hill and it takes a big force to stop it in its tracks.
When you start your day in a powerful, motivated and determined way, you gather so much momentum that will carry you forward for the rest of the day.
There literally is no ‘wrong side of the bed' to get out of! 😉
Getting up early and forcing yourself to push through that urge to stay in bed quickly fine-tunes your focus and is instantly one of the easiest ways to fuel a more productive and efficient day.
I'm naturally a super-lazy person.
To make matters worse, I'm really a night owl.
I've always preferred to stay up late working and then sleep in until mid-morning.
That's what I've done for most of my life, once I'd left school and started my own businesses.
A few years ago, I challenged myself to start getting up at 5am or 6am (I've tried both, consistently!) and I can honestly say that it changed everything.
I'm still not, naturally, a ‘morning person' and it is still a daily fight to get up and out of bed that early in the morning.
In fact, for full disclosure, I don't always do it.
(Hey, we're all a work in progress, aren't we?)
But when I do it…
- I get MORE stuff done, in a shorter space of time
- I get better and more fulfilling sleep
- I achieve more of my goals
Every single time.
And, of course, the more you do it the easier it becomes.
I'd recommend challenging yourself to try it for a full 30 days and see what impact it has on your life. I think you'll be surprised when you see just how powerful the results are!
In your daily journal, make notes about how you feel AND what you achieve, so that you can easily compare the ‘early rise' days to the ‘snooze and lose' days!
Once you get the hang of it, I don't think you'll look back!
During the first few days of this challenge, you’ll find yourself with LOTS of time to spare.
You can relax into your regular morning routine, which is a nice experience, but there's a way to kick your productivity levels up a notch…
With all of this time added into your morning, you have the flexibility to start exploring new ways to add a little va-va-voom and kickstart your day.
You've probably heard people (maybe even me?) talking about visualisation, meditation, exercise, planning, journaling, reading, listening to podcasts and a whole bunch of other ways to hack your productivity, emotional state and mindset.
In each week of your 30-day challenge, I want you to try a bunch of different morning activities and see which ones have the strongest impact on your productivity, motivation and happiness.
I mean, if you start waking up at 6am instead of 8am, then you've just found three magical hours to do the things you've always wanted to do, before you start your work day.
Everybody is more productive on a morning. That's a fact.
Even us grumpy morning-haters ;-).
You will make better use of those extra hours first thing on a morning than you would on an evening, so you're definitely better to get to sleep earlier and wake up earlier.
I can 100% guarantee that (assuming you actually commit to this and try your best!) you'll get more stuff done and achieve more of your goals by starting your morning the right way.
Good – then that should give you even more motivation to give this a shot and see what happens.
With that said…
Look at the world's most successful people.
Listen to their interviews, read their autobiographies and learn everything you can about them.
In almost EVERY case, successful people are up, out of bed and attacking their day by 5 or 6am and have a powerful morning routine to get them going with clear focus and vision.
This spare time allows you to become grounded and aligned with your purpose or your life's mission.
Over a period of time, the momentum that you pick up from this will snowball, creating a massive drive, focus and attention towards your goals.
Small actions over a long period of time are better than one large action performed only once…
If you've ever complained that you don't have enough time to get stuff done, this is a perfect opportunity to quit whining and solve that problem.
The easiest way to get more time? Get up earlier and use those most productive hours of your day.
If you already have commitments that mean you have to get up at around 5-6am each morning, try getting up earlier still. This method works through the idea of “proactivity”, and since we start our day in this way, it’ll give us the momentum needed to carry it on throughout the rest of the day.
Remember this is an effort to improve your life, it’s a POSITIVE thing!
Don’t let excuses and laziness ruin your ability to become a more successful and healthy person. Sure it may be tough to begin with, but remember after just 30 days you’ll be FAR more likely to make this a part of your normal daily routine.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of this blog post! Are you gonna give it a go?