I want to talk to you about something that has changed my life.
I don’t say it lightly when I say that.
This has literally changed the way I think about everything in life.
The way I speak to people, my outlook on life, my mood and my productivity.
I have been getting up at 5am every day, 7 days per week since the 1st April.
It wasn’t planned that I start on the 1st April ; it just seemed to turn out that way.
Now I’m sure many of you reading this are thinking, ” how can getting up at 5am every day be beneficial in any way, shape or form?”, never mind change my life.
Allow me to explain… Some of you may have heard of Robin Sharma, but many of you won’t have.
Robin Sharma is the author of 15 books, a leadership expert and motivational speaker from Toronto.
He is considered as a bit of a “guru” within the personal development world.
I first came across Robin back in 1997 when I read his fantastic book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”.
I read the book but like many books back when I was 24, I never really read it or least didn’t take action with the ideas and practices suggested in the book.
Fast forward to late March this year and I stumbled across a few of his videos on YouTube.
One was called “how to get up early” and within that he mention about joining the 5am club. >>>The video<<< taught me the benefits of getting up at 5am every morning and following a set ritual every day before I leave for work.
So what are the benefits in getting up at 5am?
Why would you decide to use your mind over mattress?
Why is 5-6am considered the “Holy Hour”?
Have a look below…
- You use this hour to train, prepare and practice for your day ahead.
You can take control of your mindset and improve your focus and energy on your daily schedule and tasks.
- You can work on your goals, your beliefs and gratitude.
- It gives you a MASSIVE psychological edge or boost knowing that most of the rest of the world is asleep.
- It makes you feel alive and strong knowing your taking care of your day as opposed to allowing things to just happen to you.
These are the benefits initially but what about the actual routine or ritual?
Robin Sharma uses a slightly different ritual to me as you can see in his video but mine works for me very well.
You can use whatever schedule you want of course, whatever works best for you.
This is my schedule :
5am – 5.10am – stumble through to the kitchen and prepare a greens drink which is great for alkalising the body, in a pint of water.
5.10am – 5.40am – I read a book, watch a video or listen to an audio. The key here is 30 mins personal development every day.
5.40am – 6pm – I write in my journal. Robin Sharma also talks about the benefits of writing in a journal every day in the video below.
In my journal I will write about yesterdays successes.
Everything that went well and I achieved.
Then I will write out my goals for the day and also re read my weekly goals to see if I am on track.
Next is an affirmation and then I write out what I am grateful for. Gratitude is something we all need more of as we take many things for granted in life.
We are very fortunate to have been born into the lives we live so we should be grateful for this.
Much of the world’s population do not have clean drinking water, food to eat and shoes to wear on their feet.
Most of us are worrying about the slow queue we are standing waiting for that skinny latte and how we will be late for the morning meeting.
I know its all relative but being grateful for what we have is very important.
6am – I make a strong coffee with full fat organic cream and then I jump in the shower and get ready and leave for my morning sessions.
I have been in the 5am club since April and the results have been incredible.
The key is getting up every day at 5am. This is quite hard at the weekend as you can imagine but it’s the consistency, like anything, that really pays dividends.
The weekends are even better as you can spend 2 hrs reading your personal development and get everything else completed before 8am and still, most people are not out of bed.
It really is the best feeling
All I can say is trust me.
This works and it works very well. Everyone that has joined the 5am club has said it was the best thing they ever did and have never looked back.
We have even set up a Facebook page called “The 5am Club”
Hop over and “like it” if you will. Will you be the next to join the club?
Have a great weekend and I will see some of you at 5am Sunday morning….maybe!
All the best.
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