We were not meant to wake up, shower, eat, and run out the door on a daily basis. People rush so much in the morning that you see people eating cereal and doing makeup in the car. Does that sound natural or like a good life to you? The best change I ever made in my life was waking up earlier. It had such a profound impact on my life. Waking up earlier is a key to success because it gives you the time to start your day the right way. When you start your day off with by hitting snooze, the first thing you do is procrastinate. After hitting snooze a couple of times, the rest of the day gets pushed back for later. If you're looking for some self confidence tips, hit snooze is a great way to hurt your confidence. 

To succeed in life, you need to discipline yourself. As an adult, no one else is going to do it. You also need to have the willpower to stay on the right path. The truth is that most people do not have that. They do whatever they want, and it takes discipline to do so.

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Waking Up Earlier is The Start

Once you begin to wake up earlier, it will feel great, and you will want more.  The more time you have before you need to leave your house, the more peace you will find in your morning. Instead of rushing, you will be able to take your time doing everything that you want to in the morning.

If you need to be at work by 8 AM and you need a full hour to get ready and drive to work. Most people will wake up at about 7:00. But in reality, what they should be doing is to wake up at 5:30 at the latest.

That extra hour will change your life if you give it a try. You will be able to start the day with the things you love instead of starting your day in the hands of someone else.

There is Plenty of Time to Sleep Later

We spend a considerable part of life sleeping. There is no reason to get 9 hours of sleep every night if your life is not where you want it to be. If you're going on vacation every month, you can do whatever you want, that is different. I can never understand how broke people find time to sleep so much. Until you are making money in your sleep, you need to wake up and build some passive income streams.

If you make the right changes and sacrifices early on in life, you will have all the time to sleep later. You won't get there unless you make the right sacrifices today. If you can't get up one hour earlier, how will you do all the other things that greatness demands?

Throw Out Societal Ideals When It Comes to Waking Up Earlier

The only way this works is if you get rid of what other people tell you to do. Remember the masses always aim for average, so if you intend for that, then this article will not make sense to you. Greatness requires doing things a bit different.

When I started getting up at 3:10 AM, everyone tried to convince me I was crazy. I was not waking up within the adequate bandwidth of others. Breaking free from ordinary always brings ridicule.

Why You Should Start Waking Up Earlier

Start The Day on Your Terms and Get Out of Comfort Zone

Your day and life do not belong to your work. Your life belongs to you, and you should start each day how you want to. Once you leave your house and your head to work, you are captive of society and your workplace. You do not have to live and play by their rules.

When you wake up early in the morning, you play by your own rules. Every second is not spent getting ready for work. For example, if you are stressing out, you can play a game of Mario Kart before it is time to get prepared. And as for that book you've wanted to read for a while now, you now have an hour when most people are sleeping.

Build Your Discipline and Will Power

To succeed in life, you need to discipline yourself. As an adult, no one else is going to do it. You also need to have the willpower to stay on the right path. The truth is that most people do not have that. They do whatever they want, and it takes discipline to do so. That is why Jocko Wilink always says that "discipline equals freedom." When you have the discipline, you can do whatever you want. When you don't have the control to wake up early, your entire day belongs to your job. If you cannot show some restraint, you never will get to a position where you will manage others.

Knock Out Important Things First

It feels great to start the day and get the most critical task complete right away. Waiting until the evening is a bad strategy for getting important work done. The further into the day you get, the more unpredictable the day becomes. The early morning keeps you in control of your time since there is a lower chance of something coming up before 8 AM.

Passion Gauge

There is a beauty in being able to do something that most people will not even try. Use waking up earlier as a way of measuring how passionate you are. Depression makes you not want to get up because you are not excited about your life.

Christmas eve I could never sleep because I was so excited for the next day. Excitement makes us forget about sleep. When you live with passion, you can sleep less and have even more energy. When I am not passionate about my life, I can sleep for 10 hours every night and get up dead tired. If you try this, get up early and ask yourself if what you're doing in your life, is what you want to do.

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Ian Warner

About the author

I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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