Yikes. The idea of waking up before 1pm makes me feel sick to my stomach. I’ve always been a lover of change, but sleeping in is not something I’d ever want to sacrifice. I realized that creating radical change is the only way to create personal growth and success! So I decided that for the entire month of March, I would be waking up every day at 4:30am!
Something that I’ve always wanted was to be an early riser. To wake up early and be happy about it. I noticed that all of the most successful people in the world were early risers. All of the people I strived to be like, woke up early. They all had routines and they stuck by them. Because I love routines so much, I’m the type of person that tries to cram as much into the day as possible, and it leads me to get burnt out. I knew that if I made the conscious decision to wake up earlier and stick to a routine, I could be working smarter and not harder!
Getting to the waking up early part- the day I started this “challenge” I created for myself was actually pretty easy. I woke up happy and excited, I stuck to my routine, and had a really productive day. I kept this up for about 2 and a half/ 3 weeks. Eventually my late bed times caught up with my new wake up time, and that didn’t go well. Instead of tiring myself out, I knew I needed to work more on my bedtime before I could go back to a 4:30am start.
The thing that gave me the most success here was understanding the reason why. Why was I doing this? If I’m content sleeping in and waking up at my leisure, why change it? Having mental momentum is the most crucial skill to have when attempting radical change. If you are inspired to wake up early, but have no actual reason to work at it, you will eventually fail.
I loved every moment of my early mornings, and I learned that it is possible with meaning involved. Because of this challenge, I have been consistently waking up earlier than I would’ve before, and sticking to a routine. Now fast forward and it’s almost May; I’ve been going to bed around 10pm every night, and I’ve decided that May 1st I will be waking up at 4amevery morning!
Tell me, what times do you normally wake up and go to bed? Are you an early riser or a night owl?