Do you love to sleep? Are you the type of person who if you don’t set an alarm you’d roll out of bed after 10 am? Or better yet, are you the type of person who has their alarm go off during the week, you hit the snooze and roll back over, the alarm goes off again and you hit the snooze until you finally realize you’re going to be late to work and jump out of bed like the house is on fire? Shame on you. This article should help motivate you and help you better understand the importance of getting up early and what can be accomplished in a very short period of time to help set you up for success the rest of the day.
A Winner’s Mindset
People who generally sleep in late, hit the snooze, and have to force themselves out of bed are generally not excited to get up and win. That might offend some people and hurt some feelings but it’s true. Maybe you hate your job? Which could be a whole article in itself. But if you had a purpose for why you need to get up each day, you’d be jumping out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off or even before.
If you wake up 30 to 60 minutes earlier each day, it would give you a total of 2.5 hours to 5 hours extra each week (that’s just looking at Monday through Friday) to get stuff done. At the end of a year that would equate to an extra 5 to 13 days you could have been working on accomplishing your goals. That could mean you get your workout in before you head off to work. It could mean working on your business extra to help increase revenue and growth. It could mean preparing your meals for the day to you aren’t eating junk out of convenience. It could even mean using that time for meditation to prepare for the day ahead so you can clear your thoughts and get centered.
Regardless, getting up early gives you a winner’s mindset. Waking up before anyone else gives YOU the time to do whatever you want. It’s quiet. It’s calm. Maybe it’s a time where you can sit outside and read a book on self-improvement or on a skill you feel you want to be more proficient at that could help you in your daily life? Or maybe your time is spent getting work done around the house so you have the evening free to play with your kids without stressing over when you’ll get x, y, and z done around the house. Time is an asset. A resource. And one we shouldn’t waste.
Controlling Time is POWERFUL
Waking up early takes discipline. It’s so easy to roll over and fall back asleep. It’s easy to pull the covers over your head and hide from the day. But that also shows weakness, and I don’t truly believe that you are weak if you are reading this and thinking I’m speaking directly to you. It’s a shift in mindset. A shift that empowers you to take charge of your life, of your day, of your TIME.
We all get the same 24 hours in a day. And regardless of how much money we have in the bank, we can’t buy more hours in a day. Seven hours is the recommended amount of sleep everyone should be looking to get each night. I’m not saying you should risk your health and work off of three hours of sleep, but if you go to bed at 11 pm, you should be able to wake up at 6 am with no problem or issues. Or go to bed at 10 pm and get up at 5 am.
Look at your life. Are you happy? Are there things you feel you could improve on? Waking up early allows you the opportunity to make a change and control your destiny not only for that day but for your life. Don’t let time go by and wish you would have done this or that differently. If you want to see what regret looks like, visit a nursing home and talk to the residents and all of the things they wished they had done earlier in life. Set yourself up for success without regret. Own the AM. Own the DAY. Own your LIFE.