The extremely motivational and inspirational speaker and author of the bestseller ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’, Robin Sharma this time speaks on the most frequently asked question, ‘How to wake up early?’
He begins with a quote that states, “He who sweats more in training bleeds less in war”. Robin says the greatest of people, be it Ernst Hemingway, or an artist or a writer, or even a painter, love to wake up at 5 AM in the morning. They believe it to be the ‘Holy Hour’. The writer himself, in his early stages of his career, used to wake up at 5AM in the morning, and he still continues to do so. He says it should become a morning ritual, not a compulsion, one should enjoy waking up early in the morning, and make it a habit, since it not only makes the man more energetic, but it is also believed that he is happier.
According to Robin, you need the ‘holy hour’ in the morning to train, practice, and prepare your mind, body, heart and character, while the rest of the world is still asleep, in such a way that when you get out there, you are not reactive but have taken control of your mindset and have connected strongly with your values and mission which makes you unstoppable. One more reason that he later adds on is that, our willpower is like a muscle. By the day, it depletes. However, when you wake up in the morning, your willpower is at its highest level, and hence you can do the things you’ve been meaning to do much more easily early in the morning, than you could have later in the day. Robin calls the 3 hours between 5-8 AM, the golden hours or the prime time because its then that you have the most willpower, mental focus and energy, and if you use them well, you will get more done in a day than most get done in a month. The final reason that he adds in the end is that those hours well utilized are the perfect example of the saying, “As you live your days, so you live your life”. It hence gives you an enormous psychological edge over the others who are not in the club.
According to the latest research, it takes not 21 days, but 66 days of practice to hardwire in a new mental pathway known as a ‘habit’. Most people give up when they encounter the slightest discomfort. Robin rightly says that, “Change is hard in the beginning, messy in the middle, but gorgeous in the end!” So, if you practice continuously for 66 days to get up at 5 in the morning, ultimately it becomes a habit, and then it becomes programmed in your mind such that you will automatically get up at 5 AM!
Get up at the same time every single day, do not snooze your alarm to get up 15 minutes or even a minute later than 5 AM, to build consistency and a ritual into your head.
- Exercise for the first 20 minutes. Go to a gym, swim, or jog! It triggers the motivational neuro-transmitter. Also, when you are exercising you boost your metabolism rate and are naturally happier.
- For the next 20 minutes, review your plans. This will give you motivation and passion.
- The world belongs to learners. To double your income, triple your rate of learning. Read books, watch inspirational videos, listen to audiotapes, etc.
Write down this rule. This will remind you every night before going to sleep that you have to wake up at 5 AM in the morning. Plus, when you write things down, you technically deepen your commitment. It also gives you precision of thought, leading you to focus. Remember, vague goals lead to vague results.
What to do when you are in fatigue?
Robin says it is not the quantity of sleep, but the quality of sleep. Lesser hours of quality sleep is always better than longer hours of disrupted sleep.
Do not keep your cellphone/laptop anywhere near you. Don’t watch Television or read any newspaper. You might want to have some chamomile tea that can help you get some good sleep, but do not stress your eyes before sleeping. Prepare yourself for a rich sleep.
Put your alarm clock away from your bed, so when you get out of bed to switch off your alarm, helps you get the habit hardwired in. Jump out of bed as soon as you get up, splash your face with cold water, and follow the 20-20-20 routine. It really helps, since it is a complete game changer and helps you become an extreme achiever.