I do a lot of personal development, I study the greats, and with that I have found that one of the common traits among the MAJORITY of the really high achievers is that they have made a habit of waking up extra early. So if being super successful is your goal, this is something that you are going to have to do. One of the keys to becoming successful in your life is by investing your time wisely and early mornings allow you to do just that. Studies prove that those who rise early earn better grades and earn more money.
But its not only about just waking up early, its HOW they invest their time and WHAT they do in those early morning hours that determines their high levels of success. If you wake up at 4am and sit on your ass doing nothing productive, obviously you're going to continue to be in the same boat you are currently on in life. But if you get up and start being productive you will have exponential results.
The majority of top earning CEO's and some of the famous Celebs in the world make a habit of getting up early. Disney CEO Bob Iger wakes up at 430am every morning. Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 430am every morning. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wakes up at 430am. Oprah Winfrey is known for waking up at 430am. Even Gwyneth Paltrow wakes up at 430am. Kobe Bryant has been known to be IN the gym training at 4am.
I know what you're thinking "Holy crap! Im not a morning person and thats INSANELY early"
The majority of the people who say "Im not a morning person" are also the same majority that are Broke, Overweight, and miserable.
"Im not a morning person" Rarely achieves the high levels of success they want to have.
"Im not a morning person" Rarely drives a lambo. Rarely lives in a mansion. Rarely gets to travel the world and live a lavish lifestyle. This is excluding the trust fund babies. Im talking about people who truly EARN their living.
These people I just named above are all highly successful people in their fields and one of the reasons they are so successful is because of their daily early morning routines.
So if success is what you seek, physically, financially, aesthetically, in your relationships and in life you're going to have to wake up early. You're going to have to do a lot of things that make you uncomfortable, this is just part of success.
How early do you need to wake up?
That really depends on you, how successful you want to be and how much time you need. But I recommend between 4am-530am 7 days a week. I personally wake up at 4am 7 days a week. My intent is to be rediculously successful in the fitness industry and I will do whatever it takes for however long it takes to achieve my goals. World Domination! (Hint, this is the type of mindset you have to have to succeed and become a morning person.)
Now lets get to the tips on how to become a morning person.
Know that your preparation for an early morning begins the night before, hell even days before. It also begins with changing your beliefs, because your beliefs become your experiences.
Believing "im not a morning person" is why you're not a morning person. So start instilling the belief "I love waking up early. I am a morning person." Program THIS into your mind and you will start to experience these beliefs.
It begins in the mind.
Now lets get to the tips you need to make part of your dail routine. Regarding lifestyle, nutrition, supplements, hydration and other things.
Dont eat a high carb meal before bed. Not because its going to make you fat,(which for most of you it will because you eat trash), but because of the effects it has on your hormones. If you eat high carb meal before bed you are going to spike blood sugar, which triggers Insulin(fat storage hormone) that will also blunt the release of a really awesome hormone called Human Growth Hormone. It also messes up other hormonal systems which can prevent you from sleeping fully. Your terrible sleep will also lead to you craving more carbs, feeling lethargic and lacking energy all day. So the last meal of your day to promote the proper release of the best balance of hormones would simply be Protein, Veggies, Good fats. This will keep your blood sugar in check, promote the release of all the good hormones and you will sleep deeply and wake up like a champ.
Get your Mag. Take a high Quality Magnesium supplement about 30-60 mins before bed. Incase you dont know Mag is responsible for over 350+ chemical reactions on the body, and SLEEP is one of them. Most people are extremely deficient due to their poor nutrition and lifestyles. Even if you do eat healthy, I promise you are still deficient. So just do what I say here. Get a high quality Mag supplement the ONLY brand I recommend is called Mega Food, you can find it at some grocery stores like Sprouts, Mothers and if you google it you can buy it online. Take 4 pills every night before bed. You will see how incredible you will feel when you wake up in the morning from this magic mineral. You will sleep and dream vividly like a champ.
Plan. Plan your days to do list each night for the next day. Also write your goals down each night before bed. What this does is program your mind for the next day. Your brain will be processing this information while you sleep and you will wake up Focused! You may even get a brilliant idea while you're sleeping so keep your notes nearby to write it down if you wake up.
Hydrate. One of the main reasons why you wake up feeling like shit every morning is simply attributed to dehydration. You havent had any fluids in 6-8+ hrs and you've been losing them every second. When you wake up you're dry like a desert, which slows down ALL of your bodily systems, especially ENERGY production. So one of the tricks to waking up refreshed is to make sure you drank an adequate amount each day before bed and as soon as your alarm goes off. You should be consuming 1-3 gallons of water per day if you want to look and feel like a fucking champ daily. Most of you dont even get near this, which is why you feel like crap daily. Then you guzzle coffee to compensate, when all you needed was WATER. So drink adequate water daily, then keep a protein shaker cup, or glass next to your bed already filled with water. As soon as your alarm goes off, put your feet on the floor and DOWN that water.
Stand Up. As soon as that water is down, stand up and walk to your bathroom, splash water on your face and start brushing your teeth. Within a few minutes the water will hit your system and you will start to feel energized. Until then FORCE it. Snooze is not allowed. Snooze is for people who are broke. If you want to be a success, snooze is NEVER allowed.
Habit. Science has proven it takes up to 66 days to really ingrain a habit. Some sooner, some a little longer. So to create this habit you need to commit to waking up EVERY single day until it becomes a habit. Yes this includes weekends. Even if you only get up on the weekend for an hour then go back and take a nap, DO IT. Get up, go do some work, set some goals, do something productive. If you're still tired, go take a lil nap. We are communicating to your subconscious that you "wake up early. are a morning person. you do what you intend to do. this is who you are.". Once you ingrain this a habit, its EASY to wake up early. You start to enjoy it, enjoy how much more you get done, enjoy having so much more time to spend with your family because you didnt have to work late.
Theres 6 steps how to become a morning person. Do those DAILY and create the habit.
Now once you are up, what do you do?
Its simple, the most successful people do a few things when they wake up which is why they are successful.
Gratitude, Set Goals and To Do Lists. The best way to start your day off on a positive note is by writing down the top 3-5 things you are grateful for each morning. Its not successful people that are happy, its happy people that become successful. By starting your day off focusing on what you love, appreciate and are thankful for, you start your day with positive emotions and your mind will be giving off these vibes and focused on looking for more positive things. Gratitude is the precurser to happiness, and the root of everything you want is HAPPINESS. Being happy is a choice, and you can choose to have it NOW and it begins with starting your day off with your top 3-5 things you're grateful for. So put it on paper.
Goals. There is so much power in seeing your goals in writing, "those who write their goals down are 1000% more successful than those who do not."- Brian Tracy. Studies have proven time and time again, that those who put their goals in writing achieve a TREMENDOUS amount more than people who do not. So DO IT daily. This makes you focused on achieving them.
Then set the top 3 to do's for the day. This is a simple but powerful thing that almost every single high achieving CEO/Entrepreneur does. So DO IT!
Workout. One of the best ways to make your training a habit is to get it done first thing in the morning. Most people are too tired to go to the gym after work, which leads to them using the ol "Im tired, Ill go tomorrow" excuse. Which we all know leads to YEARS of missed workouts. So to avoid this and start making consistent progress, start scheduling your workouts FIRST thing in the morning. You will get your endorphin high, get your energy levels up, and have your workout completed your workout for the day. You dont have to spend an hour in the gym, but you do need to workout EVERY day. Even if you just go in to bust out a quick 15-30 minute workout, get your ass in the gym 7 days a week. If you're super beat up and sore, so what, take your ass to the gym and stretch, do the sauna, roll out muscles. This Sends a message to your subconscious that this is who you are and what you do. Form this habit. (if you need help, I have online coaching available the info is below)
Tackle the most important task. Each morning you have the silence to focus, no distractions, no kids bugging, no spouse talking to you, just you and the ability to tackle the days most important task. By tackling that one task that I know you're procrastinating, this sets you up for success the rest of the day. So each morning focus on tackling the ONE thing that is going to move your business or finances fwd. (Im actually writing this article at 4am on a saturday)
Personal Development. The only way you are going to achieve GREATNESS is by improving YOURSELF. You must read and listen to personal development books DAILY. The top earning CEO's read 60+ books a YEAR, while the average person reads less than 1. These same CEO's earn 319X more than the average person. Connect the dots. These high achievers are constantly devouring information and applying it to their selves, businesses, lives and this is WHY they are high achievers.
Millionaires, Top earning CEOs, Successful entrepreneurs arent wasting their time watching The Voice or American idol, they are watching their businesses and bank accounts grow because they are constantly putting in the work on personal growth.
If you have time to watch tv, you have time to read. If you have time to listen to music, you have time to learn. Stop pissing away your time like average people do. Average people watch 5 hrs of tv a day, thats 35+ hours invested in useless entertainment. Thats a FULL time job worth of time invested on nothing. This same average person in America is also broke and struggles financially. According to the Social Security Administration 95% of americans struggle financially. Another Connect the dots moment.
This is why the TV is called the "Electronic Income Reducer". Its proven that the more tv you watch, the less you earn.
"To earn more, you must first LEARN more"
To become part of that elite top 1-5% you have to do what the 1-5% do, and thats continually learning and improving.
Improve yourself and you improve your life. As you improve everything in your life improves. So turn your drive time into a university on wheels. Listen to audio books while commuting EVERY day. Watch how much more awesome you become in the office and how much more successful you become.
So there you go 6 tips to become a morning person and 4 tips on how to make that time PRODUCTIVE.
Things to Remember:
Last meal should be Protein, veggies, good fats. Example. Grassfed Ground Beef(protein and fats included), Broccoli. Done.
Take 4 Magnesium before bed.
Plan your day before bed. Set goals, plan your day.
Hydrate. 1-3 gallons day depending on your size and activity. Keep shaker cup or glass filled with water next to bed. Guzzle as soon as you wake up.
. Stand up! After guzzling water stand up and go straight to the sink, splash water, brush teeth.
Get up at the same time 7 days a week to develop a habit.
Gratitude. Write down goals and to do lists. Get your mind focused on success.
Workout! You get in the gym 7 days a week, no matter what.
Tackle the ONE most important task that is going to make the most progress in your day.
Personal Growth. Listen to audio books while driving. Read them when you have free time. Your free time shouldnt be spent watching tv, it should be on growing so you can live the life of your dreams.
So there you go, 6 tips on how to become a morning person and 4 tips on what to do when you wake up. I personally follow all of these myself, I wake at 4am 7 days per week. My life today is Phenomenal, and the best is yet to come! Im still on my way up!
Follow these rules. Improve yourself and all of these small daily actions will compound to greatness and success over time.
To live like the successful do, you have to DO what the successful do.
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