I don’t know about you but I have never been a morning person. I would always snooze my alarm clock 2, 3 and sometimes 4 times in the morning. I used to hate getting out of bed every morning, it was cold and dark. The total opposite of my bed which is always warm and cozy.
As I study successful people, I noticed one thing they all have in common is that they get up early and start their day. They all have a very specific routines that they do every morning, usually before dawn. I wanted to try it but I didn’t know what I was going to do so early in the morning, plus I have a family that I don’t want to wake. I took the easy route and didn’t do it right away…YES! I procrastinated.
Then, I came across a book that was highly recommended and changed my way of looking at the mornings. The name of the book is The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). In this book Hal discusses how waking up on purpose can help transform your life. The reality is most people get up when they have to, with just enough time get ready for work, maybe eat breakfast and then rush out the door. Hal recommends that you get up a few hours before you have to. You should use these extra hours to work on you. He discusses his recommended morning routine which he calls SAVERS which is an acronym for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing.
I don’t do all of the SAVERS every morning because it wasn’t all for me, which is fine. Everyone needs to find what works for them. I was able to figure out a good morning routine that works well for me.
I have been getting out of bed every morning at 5:15 brush my teeth and have a tall glass of water. I then meditate for 10 minutes, which by the way I will write about meditation in an upcoming blog post. After my short meditation, I write in my journal which is a great way to get my thoughts together and reflect on what I have done and what I plan to get done. Journaling also serves as a great reminder of what I have to be grateful for. At this point I will check up on some email and handle some quick business related items. As the sun starts to rise, I know it is now time to go be a dad. I first walk the dog, wake my kids and make sure they are getting ready for school. Once they are on the bus, I get to sit and have a nice quiet chat with my beautiful wife while enjoying breakfast and coffee.
I admit at first waking up at 5:15 was not easy, remember I just wasn’t a morning person. At least that is the story I kept telling myself. I now tend to wake up before my alarm clock goes off and I get out of bed feeling good. It's true what they say, if you do something over and over it will become a habit. It is hard getting over that initial hump. At first you tend to be excited because you are doing something new, but after a week is when your true determination and discipline are put to the test. If you suck it up and just do it, I promise you that it will get easier and eventually it will become something you look forward to.
I can longer say that I am not a morning person, although after so many years I still don’t call myself a morning person. I can tell you that my eyes open every morning at 5ish and I feel energetic and look forward to my morning time.
So why do I think waking up early is so important and worth doing? I think Tony Robbins said it best…
If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. ~Tony Robbins
Are you a morning person? I’d love to hear from you and see how I can help with your transformation.
If you are interested in reading this book which I highly recommend, you can get it at Amazon: