I am not a morning person. I really don’t enjoy getting up before the sun comes up. My typical rise and shine routine involves hitting the snooze button about 5 times before dragging myself out of bed. Sound familiar?
I want to become a morning person. I do! I really do! So I’ve been reading about ‘what super successful people do before 8 am’ and it isn’t sleep. In a recent Forbes article, the 5 things super successful (not just regular successful) people do before 8 am is:
- map out their day
- eat a healthy breakfast
- visualize their day
- make their day top heavy (doing the worst thing first)
I’ve come to realize there are two things that won’t get done in a day unless I do them before everyone else gets out of bed. You have similar thoughts don’t you? I’ve got to steal that hour or two while the house is quiet and the only time that happens is between the hours of 5 am and 7 am. No one is asking me to find their shoes or make them an ice cream cone. No one is asking me to help with homework or asking a question about what we’re doing tonight.
As a result, I’ve changed my morning snooze routine to add two things…
1. I write. For the last week, I’ve set my alarm for 5 am. OK, I snooze it once (or twice) but then I get up, make a strong pot of coffee, turn my computer on and write. I’ve had this dream of writing a book and it’s not going to write itself. Inspiration doesn’t always strike the exact time I sit down to write but it’s something I am compelled to get up for. It’s like sunlight on chrome… an invitation to journey! If it’s my dream, I have to commit to it and sacrifice in order to make it happen. I guess beauty sleep isn’t that high of a price to pay!
2. I sweat. Excuse after excuse gets in the way of getting to the gym. “I’m too tired. I don’t have enough energy. I have too much to do. I just took a phone call. I’ll do it later.” These excuses were trumping the reasons I wanted to get in shape… better health, increased energy, lose weight, become stronger, higher confidence level. So after writing for an hour, I head off to the gym.
This is a strong habit I’m forming every morning because I believe in the payoffs. I believe in the reward at the end of sacrifice. Hey, if my dream isn’t enough to get me out of bed one hour earlier, then I better get a bigger dream!
What 2 important things could you accomplish while the rest of the non-dreaming world sleeps? What’s your dream? Is it big enough that you want to get up at 5 am for it? If not, then you just better keep dreaming… both in bed and out of bed.