Do you hit snooze several times, milking every last second you can from that warm, cozy pit of yours?
Or do you get out of bed when that alarm goes off with purpose, drive and motivation?
I’m not naturally a morning person.
I would much prefer to go to bed at midnight and get up at 8am if I could, but as I have clients most mornings from 6.30am, early starts have been thrust upon me leaving me with very little choice.
Three years ago, I would get up as late as possible, hit that snooze button and occasionally sleep through my alarm only to wake up with a start and realise I had fifteen minutes to get to the tube and arrive at my first session habitually three minutes late, stressed out, sweating and coffee-less.
Not a great start to the day if I’m honest.
I discovered the 5am philosophy from a guy called Robin Sharma.
He wrote the best selling book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” which I highly recommend by the way.
I was browsing on YouTube when I came across a few videos where Mr. Sharma talked about the benefits of getting up at 5am and working on yourself before you do anything else that day…
…and it really resonated with me.
The idea is that you spend the first hour of your day listening or reading positive, motivating and inspiring material as opposed to reading emails, the newspaper and other distractions like social media etc.
Within that hour, you should also use a journal to record the events that take place in your day and your life.
You write down “yesterday’s successes and small wins” and you write down today’s goals and what you want to achieve in the day ahead.
The idea is that you spend that first hour working on you and your life rather than being at the mercy of your routine and your boss.
Before you all groan and say “I don’t want to get out of bed that early and spend an hour reading and journaling”…
…consider the benefits
- Increased focus and motivation
- Read more books = Increased knowledge and potential power.
- Track and improve every area of your life
^^health, finances, business etc.
- Wake up with more energy, focus and attention
- Improved will power
^^if you can get up at 5am even when you don’t have to, your will power is high and this will cross over into every other aspect of your life
- Decreased stress and increased drive in general life
- The ability to run your day rather than the day running you
Three years ago I used to say to myself “I wish I had more time to read”
Last year I read nearly forty books on a wide variety of subjects and this was due to this first hour of the day working on myself.
I say this not to impress you, but to impress upon you the benefits of joining the “5am club”
If you currently get up at 7am I would suggest you start by changing the alarm to 6am rather than 5am.
Jumping from 7am to 5am is too big a jump and you will find it harder to sustain.
If everything I said above were true, wouldn’t it be worth at least trying it out?
Rather than ignoring it and saying “I’m not a morning person, I need my sleep”, why not try this seemingly difficult philosophy and see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be?
I’ve yet to meet anyone that has tried it for several weeks and then reverted back to their old habits of lying in, less reading and learning and increased stress
Try it for one month and if it doesn’t work for you and you don’t like it, go back to what you did before.
If, on the other, you feel the benefits in that first month, then plough on as it only gets better and better.
Welcome to the 5am club.
Have a great day everybody
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