I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." Well, I think it's true.
Now this is a huge change for me. Growing up, I was always the one in my group of friends to go to sleep first. And I was always the last one to wake up. I love sleep. It feels great. But I've discovered that waking up early feels even better.
Correction - being up early feels even better. I still don't like waking up early. I still go on streaks where it's difficult. But I love being up early. I've found that I get a lot more done and feel a lot better. I would encourage you to do the same, if you don't already.
Here are 5 reasons to wake up early:
1) Waking up early allows you to be more focused.
It's before the rush of your day has begun. You can get the important things done early before the distractions hit.
2) Waking up early affords you more will power.
Studies show that our will power is limited. One example is an experiment at Case Western Reserve University, led by Roy Baumeister, where they had two groups of people. The groups were led into a room with two bowls. One had warm chocolate chip cookies. One had radishes. The first group was told that they had to eat the cookies, but couldn't touch the radishes. The second was told they had to eat the radishes and couldn't touch the cookies. They then told them that they were going to calculate the results and asked the groups to work on a crossword puzzle while they waited. This is where the real experiment happened. Because the puzzle was actually unsolvable.
They then timed how long it took for each person to give up on the unsolvable puzzle. The experiment showed that the group that ate the cookies spent nineteen minutes before giving up. And the group that ate the radishes only spent eight.
We have a limited amount of will power. As we go through the day, we use more and more of that power, leaving us less at the end of the day. This means that if we want to get the most important things done, we must do them early. That way we don't risk the chance of not having the will power to do them later.
This is not necessarily the case for everyone. Some people get a lot of things done in the evening. But, if you're going to say you are one of those people, prove it by actually getting stuff done.
3) Waking up early starts your day off properly.
Most of us start our days in a rush to get to wherever we're going. This is not a great way to begin. We're stressed and unfocused before we even start our tasks for the day. Why not start off stress free and focused? Why not start off with a positive attitude?
4) Waking up early is what every single successful person ever in the entire world does…
Well, maybe not every one. But a vast majority of them do. And as Dave Ramsey always says, "If you want to be rich, do what rich people do." If you want to be successful, do what successful people do. And I'm not just talking about money or fame. It applies spiritually as well. Think of the person you know that has the best relationship with God… Chances are, they wake up early.
5) Waking up early makes you more awesome.
I think this one is self-explanatory.
I'm not saying that you need to wake up at 4:00 every morning. It's not a set time. For some people, early may be noon. It just depends on the person. What I mean by waking up early is just waking up earlier than you have to. Even if it's just 15 minutes, it can make a big difference.
And to be honest, I've sucked at this one lately. I have not been getting up early. But I'm committing to starting again. I hope you're with me.
Don't just go with the flow. Be intentional about the way you live.
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Question to think about and discuss:
If you aren't waking up early: What has kept you from doing it?
If you are waking up early: What is your best tip on making that happen?