It’s always been difficult for me to get up in the morning. Back in middle school, my parents would storm in my room almost every day because my alarm would be ringing for five minutes straight. In high school, I missed the bus at least once a week, due to the fact of me oversleeping. In college, I once broke a lamp because I thought it was the off switch to my alarm clock. And up until 2018 started, it used to take eight alarms for me to get out of bed. My first alarm would go off at 4:45, and my last alarm went off at 7. Wait...your alarms covered over two hours? YUP! I’ve always loved waking up in the middle of the night to find out that I still had three more hours of sleep left. It was like I was getting extra sleep.
Because of this great pleasure, I started setting my alarms a couple hours before it was time to get up. My new best friend became Mr. Snooze Button. Despite the gratification I got from hopping back in bed after each alarm went off, I was ultimately losing. In order for me to get to the life that I always dream of having, it has to start in the morning.
You know the phrase, the early bird gets the worm? It means the people that show up first are the ones that have the better chance of obtaining success. The best Black Friday sales happen early in the morning. If you go into Target at 1PM, looking for a 65 inch TV that was on sale for $100 at 4AM, you’re not gonna find it! Those TV’s would’ve been gone by 4:01. When I used to work behind the counter at DMV, there would always be a line at the door before we would open up at 8. If you showed up at 8, you were gonna be waiting for quite a bit (even though the people that were first in line still waited, because they usually showed up an hour before we opened…I guess they just preferred waiting in the freezing cold weather, but I digress.) Kobe Bryant was always known to wake up super early in the morning and workout. In high school he would complete a whole two hour workout every single day, before he would even step foot into his first period class. In an interview with ESPN a couple years ago, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh reflected on their defining Kobe Bryant moments. They both brought up an event that happened during a 2008 mini-camp for preparation for the Olympics.
"We're in Las Vegas and we all come down for team breakfast at the start of the whole training camp," Bosh said. "And Kobe comes in with ice on his knees and with his trainers and stuff. He's got sweat drenched through his workout gear. And I'm like, 'It's 8 o'clock in the morning, man.”
Wade added: "Everybody else just woke up...We're all yawning, and he's already three hours and a full workout into his day."
That’s that Mamba Mentality! People probably thought he was insane, but because of his work ethic and desire to be the best basketball player, he was able to win championships, MVP, and surpass Michael Jordan in points. Imagine what the NBA would be like had he not put all that time and dedication into perfecting his craft.
So I decided to wake up early this morning, now what? Now get to work! What’s your passion? What are you good at? What’s that one thing that’s always on your mind? What’s that business idea you’re always bringing up? What’s that instrument you always wanted to play, or language you always wanted to learn? Use that early time in the morning to do those things. Stop being all talk.
You’ve been talking about owning a business for years, but haven’t even come close to writing a business plan. You keep saying you’re gonna leave your job to pursue your music career. You complain about how there isn’t enough time in the day for you to create your own clothing line. There’s plenty of time! Get up outta bed! Waking up early is really just a mind game. Back in high school I had to wake up at 5 o'clock every morning. It was hard but I didn’t think anything of it, because I had to do it in order to get an education. At the job I work at now, I don’t have to be at work until 8:30 in the morning. Waking up at 5 sounds ridiculous now. I always think back and wonder how in the world did I manage to live that lifestyle for four years. The thing is, if I had to be at work at 7 instead of 8:30, I would be waking up at 5 o'clock anyway. Why is it easier to make the choice to wake up early for school or work, than it is to wake up early to pursue your dreams? Your dreams should be just as important. Put that same urge you have to wake up and rush out the house late every morning, into the things that you're passionate about. Perfect your craft. Get really good at the things that you love. You know you’re not required to work 9 to 5 at a job that you hate for 40 years right? You can have a career that you love. It’s not gonna be handed to you though. You have to work for it. It all starts in the morning.
You can push to pursue these things at later times throughout the day, but I feel like that’s the wrong approach to take. You’re basically saying it’s not that important, especially if you don’t even end up pursuing after them by the time the day ends.
The chance for a distraction to come up is greater too. Throughout the day our schedule can change at any moment. Your boss might make you stay late. Your friend decides to call you and talk about their problems for three hours. Your boys hit you up to go out to a sports bar and watch the game. Rain can come out of nowhere and make you sleepy. Your kids can drive you up the wall after they come home from school and burn you out. Anything can happen. The chances of any of this happening in the morning is close to zero percent though. Nobody is hitting you up at 5:30 in the morning. Social media platforms are dead at that hour. Your kids are still in bed. All distractions are pretty much cut off. This is a good thing! This allows you to have more time to attack your dreams. So go attack them!
“I researched the lives of millionaires, looking for common denominators that would apply to anyone. One of my most important findings resulted in what I call ‘self- align by 7:59.’ Most successful people accomplish more by 7:59 a.m. than the average person achieves in an entire day.”
-Ben Tankard (from The Full Tank Life: Fuel Your Dreams, Ignite Your Destiny)
“How we start our day determines how we create our life. Are you snoozing through your morning… snoozing through your life… and snoozing through your unlimited potential… Or are YOU committed to waking up each day with passion, purpose, and a plan so you can create the life you truly want and deserve?”
“But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”
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