What we choose to believe in
life can either break us down or build us up. Many people know the reason for
their existence, or their “why,” and want to make a difference. They just need
the “how” to achieve a successful life. Checklists and plans work best when
implemented on a daily basis, and while we may feel there are never enough
hours in the day to dedicate to ourselves, we’re wrong! Waking up at 4 a.m.- or
just two hours before our usual wake-up time, is one of the tools for achieving a more successful
something beautiful about being awake when the rest of the world sleeps.
Getting an early start and being able to take time to relax and slowly ease
yourself into the hustle and bustle of a new day.
of waking up between 6-6:30 a.m. to be at work before 8 a.m., waking up at 4
a.m. allows for two extra hours to work toward planning the day and your life
goals. But why 4 a.m., instead of 3 a.m., or even 5 a.m.? The idea is that most
people start their day at 6 a.m., getting the kids ready for school, making
breakfast and getting dressed before leaving on their daily commute.
you work at night – or have some other kind of atypical work schedule – the
idea is to simply wake up two hours earlier than you normally would. It’s important
to note that those two hours aren’t spent lying in bed, but used as “me time”
toward achieving your goals for a more successful life. No matter the
challenges one faces and no matter how much success one has achieved, there is
always room for more achievement, regardless of what the word “success” might
mean to you.
waking up at 4 a.m. as if each day was a race in the journey toward your
desired more successful life, and that waking up at 4 a.m. allows you to be on
the track to start the race each day two hours earlier than most people. It will allow you to find the time to work on
yourself, read self-help books and biographical books to learn success
principles which will guide your path to a more successful life.
you agree to commit to the challenge of waking up two hours earlier before you
typically start your day for the next six months, here are three routines that
may help guide you:
initial task of waking up two hours before you start your day will not be easy
initially. First of all, you’ll need to go to bed early to allow yourself 7-8
hours of sleep each night.
setting your alarm for 4 a.m. Once it goes off, use the five-second rule by Mel
Robbins, who spoke about this idea during what eventually became one of the top 20 TEDx talks in
the world. The principle behind it is simple: Simply just jolt
yourself out of bed to wake up.
“If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within five seconds or yourbrain will kill the idea,” Robbins said. “Whatever your goals are, show the world, and yourself, that you’reserious by taking action, however insignificant that action may seem, right now.”
you physically move, she added, your brain starts to build new habits. When you
do something you’re not used to doing, you are in the act of building new
habits and erasing existing ones.
in case you can’t quite buy into the five-second rule the first time, set a
second alarm – one that’s really loud – for 4 a.m., and put this alarm in the
living room. That way, even if you’re temped to turn it off and go back to
sleep, your partner, children, or even your will to sleep uninterrupted will
force you out of bed to turn off the alarm.
you’re up and it’s 4 a.m. Now what? That’s an easy one. Take the first two
minutes to focus on yourself until the following becomes second nature: While
still up and on your feet before sitting down at your table or desk, follow
some power posing techniques like the one suggested by Amy
Cuddy in her TED talk based on her research at Harvard on power
posing, or Tony Robbins’ 8-minute talk on The Doctor Oz show entitled “Tony Robbins on
How to Break Your Negative Thinking.”
up, spread your arms, open your hands and try to harness the excitement you’d
feel if you had just won $1 million. At the same time, try to relive or
envision the happiest moment of your life with the embodiment of confidence of
a fighter pilot or your favorite athlete.
might look a little strange at first, but think about it: There’s no one around
that early in the morning, and you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to
gain if the researchers
from a top university like Harvard are correct in their findings that
have shown these simple two-minute exercises will boost your confidence and
decrease your stress hormone.
you think of a more valuable way to spend the first two minutes of your day? Repeat
these exercises multiple times throughout the day as you see fit.
what? It works.
about 10 minutes to set your to-do list for five goals you want to accomplish
for that day. Since you’re up early anyway, why not use those two extra hours
to give yourself your first win for the day? This means taking one of your two
hours to read a few pages or a chapter of a book from one of the foremost
experts in the field or line of work you believe to be the purpose of your life
(your reason of being on this planet).
30 minutes to read on improving your knowledge of your current job. Finally,
take the last 15 minutes of your two hours to exercise each morning, either by jogging
in the neighborhood or on a treadmill, riding on a stationary bike at home or
just doing some push-ups and sit-ups.
following the techniques above and waking up at 4 a.m. (or starting your day two
hours before you typically do), you’re creating valuable time in a place in
your life you may feel you didn’t have it.
also starting your race two hours before the other runners on the track of life
are even getting out of bed. You have a head start! Think what that could lead
to if done every day; the possibilities are limitless.
up at 4.am. is just one checklist item for success. There are many more that
will move you one step closer to a more successful life once you make the
commitment to expand your horizons and enact a life-long plan for a better