Early to bed, early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Want to know a secret to accomplishing more and getting more out of life? Get up earlier each day. That old adage above from Ben Franklin has a tremendous amount of truth to it.
People who do get up early seem to be a different breed. They always seem to be ahead of everyone else, to have an unfair advantage. They seem to know exactly who they are, where they are going, and how to get there.
Here are some characteristics that early risers consistently seem to have. They tend to be…
- More energetic
- More alert
- More observant and perceptive
- More organized
- More decisive
- More confident
- More productive
- More successful
- More focused
- Better leaders
Take a look at some people that you admire. Those that inspire you and that are the movers and shakers in areas that interest you. Those that have been the most successful. The greatest leaders. Nine times out of ten, you’ll find they are early risers. In fact, being an early riser is a hallmark characteristic of successful people.
Early risers seem to have a special mindset. They love life. They love what they do. They can’t wait to get up and get going each morning. To them, each day is like a present and they can’t wait to unwrap it to see what’s inside.
And what do they do with the extra time in the morning? That is when they are the most productive. When there are no phones or people to bother them. They use that ‘quite’ time to get ahead of the competition, to work on their long-term life and career goals, to learn new skills, to meditate, to exercise, or to do things that inspire them such as writing poems or novels. And they do this seven days a week, not just from Monday to Friday.
If you want to get more out of life, start developing an early-riser’s mindset now.
And here’s your Cerebral Advantage Action Plan for how to do just that:
Step 1. Determine your ideal sleep time. This is the amount of sleep that gives you the most energy and makes you the most productive. Everyone has an optimum. Getting either more or less sleep than this will make you tired and sluggish. Experiment until you find your sweet spot.
Step 2. Set a goal to get up 15 minutes earlier each morning. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier in the evening to maintain your ideal sleep time.
Step 3. Generate an affirmation to help get you get up in the morning. Something that will motivate you to get up and to hit the floor running. For example, “I love getting up early. I can’t wait to see what blessings and opportunities await me each day.” Recite your affirmation each night before turning in and each morning as you struggle to get out of bed. Affirmations are an excellent way to reprogram our thinking, our attitudes, and our mindsets. Learn to use them often.
Step 4. Get up at the same time on the weekends, as during the week. This will keep you productive on the weekends and will prevent you from feeling tired and worn out on Mondays.
Step 5. After a week or so, when your body has adjusted to the new schedule, start getting up 15 minutes earlier yet.
Step 6. Repeat this process until you have gained one to two hours of ‘quite’ time in the morning, always maintaining your ideal sleep duration. Never steal your morning time from your sleep time, as this will cause you to burn out and fall back to your old sleep habits.
Commit yourself to getting up early every day and to use the additional time each morning to make a better you. Develop an early-riser mindset. It won’t be easy at first, but keep at it. You’ll be absolutely amazed at what a difference it makes and how it supercharges your life.
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