I know this is not the first time you come across a story that talks about the benefits of waking up early with headlines like “This billionaire shares his secret of success”, “How this man become CEO with this simple trick”…
This is not the first time for me either.
I have been reading articles on this topic for years, and have tried tens of times to push me to do this, and failed.
The process to get to this state is what I suffered the most, but taking into account what you can get in return (absolutely change your life), I think it’s worth a try.
For some it may be impossible to wake up this early, do not worry, you can wake up at 6-7 AM and still get all the perks.
Let’s break down the benefits first:
1. TIME BOOST
This is what I mean when I say that you are one step ahead. This is what most CEOs, billionaires and successful entrepreneurs tell stories about, the biggest difference between them and their friends, is that they have 5 hours extra each day without distractions. Steve Jobs considered this what gives Apple the head start they had.
2. FITNESS CONSISTENCY
Most people want to get fit and although the goals are different, this is what most of us want. The truth is that it is really hard to be consistent with your fitness goals. Going to the gym after a long day of work is tough, your motivation is off and you are tired, what you want is to watch Netflix! By waking up at 5:30 AM, you get the flexibility to go to the gym first thing in the morning before going to work or school and also have time to eat a healthy meal to recover.
3. CREATIVITY HOURS
After 8pm, the hours are usually spent to things that do not require much effort and are definitely not productive. When you wake up early your mind is fresh and your motivation tank is full. You have the energy to be creative and to focus on your goals, dreams and ambitions. Invest your high-quality, productive time in these things early in the morning, you will see the results. Waking up at 5:30 AM gives you productive hours.
4. THE LONE WOLF
Distractions are everywhere, and they keep you away from achieving goals. Of course you cannot stop answering messages or calls, but you can work in hours when everybody else is sleep. At 5:30 AM there is nothing or no one to distract you. The world does not run at this hour, but you do. Become the lone wolf, free to be productive.
5. HABIT CONSTRUCTION
Habits are hard. Since nothing happens at 5:30 AM, you are free to allocate your time in a very direct way. Forget about not going to the gym because you have a meeting, because you have class or because your favorite show just started. You can make 5:30 to 6:30 for exercise and really turn it into a habit, or meditate, then 6:30 to 8:30 for working on your goals (that’s what I do). No one is gonna disturb you, so you are gonna keep doing it until it becomes a habit.
6. THE MONEY GRIND
Most people that read articles like this want to make more money or run their own business. You are lucky. Because waking up at this hour gives you the opportunity to invest this time into creating your own thing, learn new skills or work more productive hours on your business. If you downloaded my morning checklist, I will send you free resources for you to start making some progress on your journey.
HOW THE F*** DO I WAKE UP AT 5:30 AM?
There are two ways to achieve this: One bad night or wake up 30 min earlier every day until you get to 5:30AM.
One bad night is simple but hard.
You go to sleep at the hour you are used to and then wake up no matter what at 5:30 AM. Then eat breakfast ASAP, because your body associates your eating schedule to sleep routine.
Your whole day will run on adrenaline, you will feel more alert and agile, this is the beginning of your new life, start focusing on your goals the whole day.
At around 9PM you will be destroyed, then go to sleep and wake up at 5:30 AM again.
Now you are waking at 5:30AM. Congratulations and welcome to the next stage of your life.
Remember: Actions speak louder than words.
This video from TopThink explains it all more thoroughly: