08/22/2018 / Personal
The Early Bird Truly Gets the Worm
Not convinced getting up early will change your life? Think about this. If you woke up 2 hours earlier, 5 days a week, you would create an additional 40 hours per month. Essentially, you’d have the productivity of 5 work weeks inside of 4. Think about how much of a leg up you have on your competition alone with this one simple life hack. Let me dig in…
If you’re looking for a little inspiration on how to be more productive and get what you want out of life, I’ll offer you this info to absorb and implement as you wish. Please share it if you think it could provide value to someone else.
My mornings have become a very spiritual and fulfilling time for me. Waking up at 5:30am by choice isn’t an easy task (for most, at least) but I’ve committed myself to being disciplined in all aspects of my life and business. I, admittedly, have lacked structure at times in my life, especially where running a business is concerned. If you’ve ever run a business, you understand this. There are a seemingly infinite number of tasks to handle on a daily basis and if EVERYTHING goes right (a rare unicorn sighting, if you will) you can achieve a ton in a day. However, most days are filled with a certain amount of unpredictability which makes it difficult to push forward and remain efficient. By 10am, the noise is loud and clear and the beam of focus seems to widen too much to concentrate completely on any single task.
–Enter the 5:30am wakeup time–
I will start by saying that I realize I have left a TON of productivity on the table over the years simply by sleeping in. Most people wake up and hop straight into the daily routine without any time in the morning to space out their thoughts and create a sense of balance, I was the same way for a very long time. Dwelling on the past is not helpful, nor is living with regret, so I choose to move forward with the knowledge that if I really wanted to achieve different results, I have to take different measures, do different things, form different habits. It’s a simple thought, really. Do the same things, get the same results. Do different things, get different results. Eat the same food, stay the same weight. Work the same job, make the same pay (give or take a bit for raises, etc). My point being, for me to reach the level I want to be at on the spiritual, financial, and entrepreneurial levels, I have to put in much more work than I did previously.
Waking up at 5:30 gives me ME time. We all need ME time. Between the hours of 5:30am and 7:30am, I am stretching, praying/meditating, hydrating, journaling and exploring creative outlets to achieve the results I want to see for myself. I don’t know why in years past it never dawned on me that i actually needed to write out and formulate my plan as well as review it daily. Without setting and reviewing goals, everything just feels very neutral, which is a feeling I’m really not comfortable with. We all want nice things and to progress as human beings, but what is becoming abundantly clear to me on a daily basis is that most people don’t want to work for what they want. They just want it to fall in their laps. As nice as that sounds, I don’t think it would be nice at all because if you don’t have to work hard for something, how much do you truly appreciate it? There is an incredible sense of entitlement in today’s world that simply blows my mind. If you didn’t work for it, it is not owed to you. Seems simple enough to grasp, but just log on to Facebook and you will see 1000 examples pointing in the other direction. People have two major drawback points in my opinion and they are:
2) Limiting Beliefs
Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of judgement, whatever else it may be but let me tell you that your fear can go [email protected]#$ itself. Do you know how many failures every successful entrepreneur went through to achieve success? Fail more = succeed more. Sounds simple minded and counterintuitive, but it’s not. You learn from your failures and improve and build to make something far greater than you ever imagined in the beginning. Version 4.0 will always be better than v1.0. Limiting beliefs fall into this same category as far as I’m concerned. “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford — Think about that. Keep telling yourself you cant achieve something and that’s the result you’re going to get. Tell yourself daily you can achieve something and you will find a way to make it happen. It’s not as hard as people think, you just have to choose not to see the grand scale of the end goal and be deterred, rather, see the roadmap piece by piece and build towards the end goal on a daily basis. You simply “eat the elephant” one bite at a time.
This seriously morphed into something much longer than i anticipated so if you’ve read this far, I hope you’ve gotten something out of it. If you’d like me to share an outline of my morning/daily routine, I’d be happy to do so. Any way I can help those I care about and love get to where they want to be, I’m honored to have a hand in. I’m personally still on the journey and am not saying “I’ve arrived” by any means, just sharing what I have found to be transformational in gearing my mind, body, and spirit to get the results I intend to achieve. Pass it on.
In my next post, I will sharing the outline I follow daily to achieve maximum return on my time investment daily. Stay tuned…