Saturday, December 28, 2013

Waking up early (Sharma)

I've just watched another excellent video by my favourite, Robin Sharma on "How to Wake Up Early" and where he makes a lot of mention of the "5am Club". Here are some points I took from the session:

  • Get over "the battle of the bed" / "mind over mattress"
  • He who sweats more in training, bleeds less at war
  • Waking up early allows you to train, practice & prepare
  • Prepare your heart, your character and your spirit
  • 5-8am is "prime time" when you have the most willpower, mental focus, energy
  • Take full advantage of these 3 golden hours
  • Waking up early while the rest of the world sleeps is already a psychological win.
  • You'll feel less like a victim and more like a leader!
  • Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle, but gorgeous in the end!
  • Use the 20/20/20 Rule for your Morning Ritual
    20 mins for exercise
    20 mins for reviewing your plan / daily schedule / goals > gives you focus
    20 mins for learning
  • Education is inoculation against disruption
  • The world belongs to learners
  • As you know more, you achieve more
  • Watch inspirational / training videos
  • When you write things down, you deepen your commitment (re: a schedule)
  • Writing creates precision of thought
  • The things that schedule lead to thing that get done
  • To wake up early, get a deeper nights sleep 
  • Re: sleep, quality is more important that quantity (no. of hours)
  • Remember not to use a computer in bed before you go to sleep
  • Put your alarm clock away from the bed / other side of the room / a different room
  • Jump out of bed as soon as you get up!
I'm used to being ridiculed for my early morning rituals. I actually wake up between 04:00 and 04:15, which gives me enough time to get to the gym. I gym till about 05:30 and then make a point to spend about an hour or so reading and journaling (usually in my Gratitude Journal). By 06:00, I'm in the shower and ready to leave home by 07:00.

Early morning has always been my best time of the day. I feel like I can take on the world. That's why when I bounce into work with energy, I get quite a few side glances! Doesn't phase me much. Because when most people are still waking up, I've already done quite a bit in my day. Cheers to the 5am Club...or in my case, the 4am Club ;)

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