I’ve been trying (!) to get up earlier and earlier in order to make the most of my day. I’ve been rising at 5:15, going to my gym around 5:45, and being at the desk by 7:15 or so. The workout always makes me feel empowered, in control, and ready for the day, and getting up earlier also provides me a mental advantage.
I came across this story from Peter Shankman and had to share it with you. An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, he also invented Help A Reporter Out, (HARO), which is a place I go as a freelance journalist to find story subjects. It’s an incredible resource: I just found the anecdote for a story on cardiac discharge that I’m working on now.
He’s a machine and has an extra set of gears.
Follow the Big Guys
Peter really says it best: why getting up early is something that really successful people do. Now, I don’t count myself in that group—I’ll always be striving, but I really agree with his hows and whys.
I invite you to read his list, but I put my own “spin” on it this way. Reasons to get up early include getting to do your reading—in my case lots of websites—and being ahead of the game. It’s YOUR time, and when you rise, the beauty of the morning is yours to enjoy. It makes me be on time, and for that short period, gives me a feeling of leisure that I rarely have. Hey: I’m just more productive.
I love how Peter tells us how to do this, by drinking water first thing to rehydrate, then get moving immediately—even if you’re cold and cranky. “JUST DO IT,” he says, and don’t say (as above), that you’ll “try.” He shoves us out of the bedroom, which he says is for sex and sleep—oh, and don’t forget to sleep.
Now you have more ways to be in charge of your amazing life. Don’t you?