One excuse we all have when we are faced with starting something new or different, that will better our lives, is that we don’t have the time. How is it that everyone successful has the time to do everything we dream of doing plus a whole lot more? The answer is, they make the time. They stop doing things that are not helping them with their pursuit of their personal goals and instead fill that time with actions that will.

One the main reasons why they will usually start their day extremely early and work into the late hours of the night is because there are less distractions during these hours. Most people are asleep, there aren’t many social activities going on and they can focus on what means most to them. If you are finding it very difficult to wake up, then you’re not passionate enough. If your goal is more important than sleep and the thought of it gives you an abundance of joy, you will be leaping out of bed to work on it. Let’s look at the different steps you can take to become a morning person.

Ensure that you are starting your day with something you are passionate about
This will give you the best chance of making sure that you are able to get up. The question you need to ask yourself before you start changing any of your usual habits for better ones is simple but complex at the same time. Why are you doing this? Is it because you want to get up to meditate? Maybe you want to hit the gym or go for a run. Whatever the reason is, it needs to be something that makes you feel fired up to wake up! The best-case scenario would be that your reason is so awesome that you literally leap out of bed to go and attack your day. Think along those lines.

Create a schedule or a to do list for each day
This is a great tool to keep you focused on what you need to achieve on that day. What is the point in waking up so early and not making use of your time? Time is the only thing that we have no control over, however we can control how we use it and that is what separates successful people from people who are not living up to their potential. A good way to give yourself an incentive to complete your tasks every day is to have some winding down time, go out for drinks after work or even just have some time for yourself to do as you please. Waking up early allows you to get much more done, as mornings are very productive with no distractions. There are a few exceptions who are night owls and work much better through the night. Find what works for you, you will also find that your body can adapt to the most extreme circumstances when needed.

When your alarm goes off, DON’T SNOOZE!!
This is whether you are trying to wake up at 5am, 6am or even 8am. If you are setting your alarm for a time where you have the luxury of snoozing it a couple of times you are obviously setting it for a time you do not have to get up otherwise you wouldn’t be hitting the snooze button. The problem with the snooze button is you are going back to sleep and starting your sleep cycle phase again. Some people snooze for half an hour or so which is really bad because you are missing out on the REM segment of your sleep cycle. It is the most restorative part of your sleep cycle where we get the most benefits from our sleep, it is also the most crucial. Then when you do finally get up you feel groggy and more tired.

When you first start waking up early morning – make it non negotiable
The only way you are going to be able to make something a habit is by going to sleep with the intention of waking up and you sticking to it. A lot of us make the intention of doing this but we don’t follow through. Once this has become a habit it will become second nature and be so much easier to do, habits can change your life but the forming of one is the hardest part.

Remember that the hardest part is that first step you take and that goes for anything you’re starting. Then when you have started, you know what to expect and it’s really not that bad. Deep down you should know that you are getting ahead of your competition, the only real way to get ahead no matter what your goal, is to outwork everyone else. This is quite interesting because work ethic is not defined in your genes or how you were bought up, outside influences etc, it is all down to the individual. Be the hardest working person you know, whether you clean floors, sell cars, wash windows or own your own business. Work on yourself, invest in yourself and it will start to pay dividends.

Conclusion
When you have the intention to do something but you do not have the time, you have to make the time. Different people work better in different situations, some of you may be night owls but some may be more creative in the mornings. If you want to do something but can’t find the time, you need to sacrifice something that isn’t so important and find time elsewhere. The effort you put in now will be what makes the difference 5, 10 or 15 years from now. Waking up early can help get all the distractions out of the way for you to work on yourself and your goals.

 

Wake up, work hard and go get the life you deserve! GSY