Waking up early is probably the best thing you can ever do if you're trying to become wealthy or free from the shackles of the corporate world.
To get started making some real money you've got to put in the time anywhere you can get it. For most that is early morning when you have no other distractions and have a fresh, clear mind.
4 hours of work per day is more than plenty to get started. Imagine waking up at 5am and having all of your work done by 9am. You have the entire rest of the day to enjoy as you wish.
The best way to wake up early is to have a reason to wake up early. I started waking up early because I wanted to.
I had been wanting to do it for a long time. I would wake up early one day and then wake up later the next day and the day after until I was back to waking up at my normal time.
So I made it my goal to catch the sunrise every single morning and before you know it I was up every single day watching the sun rise. If I had no goal I would have just stayed in bed.
But sunrise still wasn't early enough for my liking so I found a gym partner who wasn't a bullshitter and wanted to get in at 5:30 every morning. I started waking up at 5am because I met my gym partner at the gym every morning at 5:30. Even if I wanted to stay in bed there is no way I'm not going to meet someone at the gym at the time I said I would.
Since then, waking up early is just habit and routine. Heck, if I wake up at 7:30am I feel like I wasted a whole day.
The morning is when you have no disturbance, you are completely free to create and work as you wish. The whole world is sound asleep in their beds and you're wide awake ready to kill it.
Eventually they'll all say to you “Oh, I wish I could do what you do. I just don't have the time.” And you won't do anything but silently laugh at them.
Early Birds Vs. Night Owls
An Early Bird is one who wakes up early and thrives in the morning. A Night Owl is someone who is most productive in the evening or night.
I'm an early bird. I don't do any work at night. None. I eat dinner and then climb into bed around 8 or 9 every single night.
But I wasn't always an early bird. I was an extreme night owl for most of my life. Literally going to bed sometimes at 7 or 8am. I became an early bird simply by desiring it.
How to Become an Early Bird
Becoming an early bird is as easy as making the conscious decision to become an early bird. Say the following words to yourself “I'm an early bird. I like waking up early. That's when I get the most work done.” It doesn't matter if it's true now. The more you say it the more it will become reality.
When I first started lifting weights I hated it. I dragged myself to the gym. At a certain point I just started lying to myself and saying “I love working out. I can't wait to go work out” and that's exactly what happened in a very short period of time.
How to Wake Up Early Everyday
- Make the decision to become an early riser
- Have a reason to wake up early (i.e. have something to work on or have a gym partner waiting for you at the gym every morning)
- Be in bed at the same time each night
Make the decision and force yourself up at 5am the first day. That night you will likely be tired earlier than normal. That's good. You will need to start going to bed earlier, and preferably at the same time, each night.
To be able to be up at 5am every day and be refreshed you must go to bed earlier than normal. Sleeping from midnight to 5am will not leave most people feeling refreshed. But sleeping from 9pm to 5am will leave most people refreshed and ready to start the day at 5am.
It's a good idea to be in bed by 9pm every night. I'm in my bed under the covers by 9pm every night without fail. I'm often in bed by 8pm. The amount of sleep needed varies by person, but you should know how much sleep you need to function at your best.
What Are Your Priorities?
Is it your priority to go out every night to get blackout drunk?
Is your priority going out every night to pick up hot babes?
Is your priority to sit at home on the computer and chat on Facebook all night?
If it is your priority to make something of yourself then you will make it happen by waking up early.
You can read a hundred internet articles about how to wake up early but if it isn't your priority, your real priority, you're just wasting your time. If it isn't your priority to wake up early and get to killing then you're just bullshitting and pretending.
The 5 second version of “How to Wake Up Early Everyday”:
Have a purpose and a reason to wake up early everyday.