Ok, I will admit it. I am a morning person. I love waking up early. I love the peace and quiet as I set the stage for my day. I love that first cup of coffee as I read my favorite book and set my mind.
Don’t judge me…
Maybe you aren’t a morning person. Maybe you love burning the midnight oil, and would rather sleep ’til noon. That’s OK…
I won’t judge you either. ;-)
But, the numbers don’t lie. Many, if not most highly successful people wake up early to start their day early and know the advantage it gives them in work and life. While most people are sleeping until the very last minute, squeezing in that last minute or two in bed, early risers are up working out, meditating, reading, prepping their day, and even working.
Studies show that there are many, many reasons that waking up early can enhance your success in life. Here are 4 of those reasons – take notes:
- Morning rituals set your mindset and the tone for the rest of your day. Rolling out early gives you time to read, journal, meditate, exercise, and whatever you decide to get you feeling good for the rest of the day. It’s a chance to create positive energy that impacts you and those you touch for the rest of the day.
- There are fewer distractions in the morning. That gives you more focus to do the top priority tasks before the noise of the day begins. You know that once the work day begins, your attention gets pulled in different directions. Getting up early gives you the morning to yourself.
- Planning the day is crucial to effectiveness. Mornings can be used to set goals, organize the day, anticipate and solve problems. This certainly enhances productivity, and keeps you ahead of the crowd. The early bird gets the worm!
- Early in the morning, your willpower is at its peak. Believe it or not, willpower is a resource that is finite. It is highest at the beginning of the day and runs lower as the day moves on. It has been compared to a muscle that gets tired with use. What this means is that your most important challenges should be met earlier in the day.
If you do the math, getting up one hour earlier will give you 15 extra days each year. What could you do with an extra two weeks?! Which of your most important projects, ideas, and passions would you spend that time accomplishing? Which books could you read? How could you make yourself better?
So, here are some tips to help you WAKE UP!:
- Move your alarm clock to the other side of the room.
- Incrementally set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than normal until your body is adjusted over time.
- As soon as your feet hit the ground, get moving. Even before your coffee, grab your sneakers, and iPod, then head out for a brisk walk to your favorite music or personal growth recordings.
- Drink a big glass of water, or even a protein shake to get your metabolism going early.
I want to be the first to congratulate you on your newfound commitment to success, and sincerely hope this little blog post helps you move closer to your dreams.
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