DIINNGG… DIIINNGG… DIIINNNGGG…
It’s 5 AM, and that’s the dreaded sound of my alarm. As I stumbled out of bed to turn my phone off, one half of my mind is racing to come up with excuses to crawl back under the sheets.
“You could put off that report until later in the day.”
“You were up late last night working, give yourself a break and sleep in.”
“Today would be a great day to sleep in and recharge the batteries.”
Then the other half of my brain comes to the fight.
“You’ll be disappointed in yourself if you go back to bed.”
“That one extra hour of sleep will not make you feel any different.”
“You can do it. Just walk into the living room and start your day.”
Yes, this is the battle in my head every morning.
Is waking up at 5 AM worth it? Is it worth the daily discomfort, the every morning struggle, the ongoing battle of discipline and action?
And here’s why…
Waking Up Early Adds Time So I Can Multiply The Actions I Take
“Almost every problem people face in their careers and other aspects of their lives – such as failed diets, marriages, and financial problems – are all the result of not taking enough action.” – Grant Cardone
Many claim they don’t have time for activities like exercise, reading, writing, or working on their side hobby or business. And they’re absolutely right, they don’t have the time in their current schedule when they’re waking up at 6:30 or 7 in the morning.
But how many of those actions could be taken between 5:00 – 6:00 AM? There is always more time you can squeeze out of your day if you discipline yourself to get up early.
Waking Up Early Builds Discipline
When the alarm sounds at 5 AM your mind and body will try everything possible to get you to go back to sleep. Your body will try to trick you that you’re not feeling well. Your mind will be coming up with every excuse possible to get you back under the covers. Every morning that you overcome these urges you’re exercising and building what I like to call your ‘discipline muscle’.
Like any other muscle in your body, your discipline muscle grows and becomes stronger the more it’s exercised. In the beginning weeks and months, being consistent with early rising will be the most difficult. You’re going to have days and weeks where you fall off the wagon and think that getting up early isn’t for you. These are the times where you must buckle down and force yourself to exercise your discipline muscle.
Set the alarm for 5 AM one more time. Try again. Answer the bell. Whatever you do, don’t give up on your pursuit of waking up early. The longer you pursue, the stronger your discipline muscle will become and the more successful you will be.
Waking Up Early Creates a Mindset of Outworking Your Competition
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Anonymous
When I first started getting up early it was to train for sports in high school. And let me tell you, it was tough. Friends didn’t understand why I would go to sleep so early. Why I wasn’t out late with them on the weekends. Why I insisted everyone else get up to train with me. There were times in the beginning when I wondered if it was worth it. Over time though, I started to see a direct correlation between getting up early and having increased success on and off the field.
Once I got to college football, I was already ahead of many teammates who struggled to discipline themselves to go to bed early and get up early. Because I associated waking up earlier than everyone with outworking them, by the time college rolled around I already had begun to enjoy the sound of the alarm going off.
Moving into the business world, I knew immediately that I must continue the discipline and structure I had instilled in earlier years so that I would see continued success. Is it easy? Absolutely not. Some days when you go to bed overwhelmed or stressed and you wake up full of stress and fatigue, it’s not easy to answer the bell. But I get up each day to that alarm, because I know that the sound of the alarm is the sound of opportunity.
Waking Up Early Gives A Feeling of Accomplishment
When you beat the sun up and take action on things you didn’t have time for before, it gives you an amazing feeling of accomplishment. You feel like you can conquer the day and that you’re one step ahead of everyone else. Start your day by accomplishing something as simple as reading 10 pages in a book, writing down your goals, or exercising for thirty minutes, and over time you will begin to feel more accomplished and confident heading into each day.
Waking Up Early Means No Regrets
I’ve always told myself that when I look back at my life, I will be satisfied if I know deep in my heart that I did everything I could do to live up to my potential and seize the opportunities that were in front of me.
Although getting up early is uncomfortable, I know that when I’m old I won’t look back and wish I had slept an extra hour each day or stayed up later watching TV each night. I will look back to see if I lived up to my fullest potential and lived an exceptional life. By waking up early each day, I am squeezing the time and life out of each and every day I’m on this planet.
Top Tips for Waking Up Early
1. Force yourself to get out of bed to turn off your alarm clock. I like to set mine on the floor in the corner of the room so that I must stand up and walk over to shut it off. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to stay awake once you’ve already shocked your body by getting out of bed.
2. Create a routine. When you wake up early, you’ll want to go to bed early. I try to be sleeping by no later than 10 PM every night for a 5 AM wake up.
3. Melatonin. By far my favorite sleep supplement, I take one 5mg dissolvable tablet when I lay down to read in bed. Within 20-30 minutes, my eyelids are heavy and I’m ready for a sound night of sleep.
4. Know your why. If you have no direction or purpose in your life, it will be tougher to get up early. Set goals and write them down daily. If you want to lose 20 lbs. and write down this goal daily, getting up early to exercise for an hour will become easier because you have a greater purpose and a target.
5. Have a plan. I like to figure out what I’m going to do the next morning while I lay in bed at night, then write it down in my planner where I also set my goals. Every morning I get up and write my goals, and right next to the goals are what I wanted to work on that morning.
6. Don’t give up. If you fall into the temptation to go back to bed, don’t be discouraged! It’s going to happen, some mornings you can’t overcome it. The trick is to not give up. Tell yourself the next night that you will get up to the alarm in the morning. It’s ok to fall off the horse; it’s not ok to stay off it.
About the Author
Ty Fischer is the Founder and President of TF West, a full-service marketing and public relations agency located in Los Angeles, CA. He is also the Associate Publisher of LA Dreams Magazine, LA’s #1 Luxury Lifestyles Publication.
As a millennial entrepreneur and business owner, Ty has significant knowledge in both millennial marketing strategy and millennial economic trends and profiles.
Reach him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with him on social media @thematiah.