Why do I wake up every morning at 5:30 (and what you would gain if you did the same)

A few months ago, I made a decision that I never thought I would take. A decision that, from now on, would have a great impact on each of my...

A few months ago, I made a decision that I never thought I would take. A decision that, from now on, would have a great impact on each of my days.
The decision to get up at 5:30. Every morning.

The question is legitimate (in fact, I have to admit that some mornings I also ask myself).

Has it ever happened to you that after getting up you have the impression that you are totally out of your mind? 
You open your eyes. And at the moment hits you in the face a kind of mental slap that puts you spinning in the head: you have to see what things I have to do + I just get up, and I'm kicking my ass + I never have left Time for me, everything is obligations.

Why do I wake up every morning at 5:30 (and what you would gain if you did the same)
The result? You wake up every morning wishing you could go back to bed.
I do not know about you, but I do not feel like starting this way every day of my life. No thanks.
Also, I have discovered the book The Miracle Morning, and I have reported on the morning routines of some of the most competent entrepreneurs (here are some examples).

If Miracle Morning's method has tens of thousands of followers, and if there are people such as Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Group)? Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), Howard Schulz (CEO of Starbucks) and Jack Dorsey (Founder and CEO of Twitter & Square) who take the trouble to try it out and it works, maybe I can also get some juice, right?

The pleasure you will not find in getting up at 5:30 to get up early than the sun (I like my bed as much as anyone). The early morning you stick to it to be able to devote time to those activities that you know that influence very positively in the mental health, the performance and (as an accessory, that does not go bad) the good humor.

If you like the prospect of starting your days full of enthusiasm and with the firm intention of taking full advantage of them, here I explain the routine that I have been following, mostly inspired by the one proposed by Hal Elrod in The Miracle Morning.

( Important note: Actually, there is no need for you to make an effort to get up at 5:30 a.m. It is enough that you are standing a little earlier than usual to take time out).

Leave the mind blank and concentrate

10 minutes

Attention, we talk about meditation. There is scientific evidence of the many benefits of meditation (for the most curious).

It is not an effort to sit in the lotus position for an hour. With only five minutes of meditation, if you practice them regularly, you can already see the benefits.

I've tried two apps (in English) that can help you in the first steps:

  • Headspace (fantastic handling!)
  • Calm (the one I currently use)

In The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod proposes a simple technique:

  • Sit in a comfortable environment with a firm stance.
  • Close your eyes or stare at a spot in front of you.
  • Concentrate on your breath, breathe in with your belly, exhale from your torso (as if you were emptying from top to bottom)
  • Rejoice in your calmness and try to stay focused on your breathing without thinking of anything else.
  • When you notice that your mind is misleading and resumes its common thread of thought, do not worry, remain calm and focused on your breathing.

Benefits:

You will feel less stressed, you will gain peace of mind and, with a little practice, in just ten minutes you will be able to feel completely rested and like new.

To write

10 minutes
Spend time writing each morning; With a few moments, you will reap considerable profits. This habit will allow you to review the current state of your life and focus on things that are critical.
For example:

  • Write down three things that you are grateful for: your loved ones, an interesting novel, a good memory, a personal triumph...
  • Write what happens to you at that moment.
  • Set a goal you want to achieve that day.
  • Write some words that motivate you, such as a quote from someone you respect, a poem, a song ... and you want to remember.
  • Keep track of how something new has evolved that you have learned or achieved (if you are learning new cooking recipes if you have discovered some music group ... whatever you want.

At first, I wrote in a notebook in the style of the Moleskine, completely blank. Then I used a diary (but not those of adolescents with little hearts); Now I'm creating my own journal structure, with predefined questions that I answer every day.

Benefits:

You'll be happier, more focused and you'll also be able to keep track of your progress and the good things in your life.

Reinforce your goals

10 minutes
There are several ways to do it. You can choose one of the ones that I explain or a mixture of the three, the one that convinces you more.

  • Affirmation. It is a type of phrase that you repeat and describes the person you would like to become.
  • Display. When you visualize, what you do is imagine yourself getting what you want, like having a good day, for example. You also need to project what you would feel to be in that moment of truth, not just the image.

This is the face I put the first time I heard talk about affirmation and visualization.

(At first, I had some problems with affirmation and visualization.) When I got into one of those mental images, I sometimes had the impression of being lost in the crowd of one of those motivational talks, in which the speaker points to each One of the presents and tells them how fabulous they are and how they are going to eat the world... Then I oriented the images better, and it was working little by little).

Reinforce your goals. 
It's time to get the agenda: share your monthly goals and focus on one goal per week. This way you will avoid overwhelming yourself with trying to embrace them every day and see you at the end of the month without having actually advanced anything. Divide and conquer! You can also devote some time to remembering the reasons why you decided to set those goals. For example: "Spend a magnificent day with my family, because that is my number one priority."

Benefits:
It's my daily motivational kick! It helps me remember what I want to do, why I want to do it, and how I want to do it.

Move your ass!

10-90 minutes
There is a reason for successful people to engage in sport regularly. It is because they have understood that they need to be in their best physical shape to be able to fulfill their goals and to live every day fully.

No wonder Tim Cook goes to the gym every morning at five, or Jack Dorsey starts his day job running ten miles.

If you want to do it without using materials, without having to become a member of any site and without compromising with anyone, you could do some of the following:

  • Go running, even if it's only ten or fifteen minutes in the beginning.
  • Follow one of those training programs in seven minutes ( this here for example )

Ideally, do a little every morning. What goes with my rhythm is going alternating. Every two days I spend a good hour and a half in the gym in the morning. In between, I do not do any sport. My goal now is to do ten minutes of yoga those mornings in between.

Benefits:
Doing a bit of sport in the morning, even if they are only ten minutes away, will help you wake up completely, relieve stress and recharge your batteries to the fullest. Of course, it also serves to maintain a good state of health. Not bad, is it?

Read

20 minutes
You have at your disposal an unlimited source of knowledge: books. Whatever your goal (running a marathon, being rich, going around the world ...), sure some books talk about it and can help you very much to achieve it.

Reading twenty minutes (or ten minutes, if you like) each morning means absorbing knowledge that you can put into practice that very day. This way you will get better in the direction of your goal.

Personal Balance

For some months I have practiced the ritual that I just explained and here are some of the results:

  • Never read or learned so much! (I also read more outside the morning routine schedule)
  • I have achieved (at last) to do sport on a regular basis (in my case, it is almost a miracle).
  • I know in which direction I want to go and why (although how it sometimes varies)

(In fact, I write these lines at 6:10 am I just finished my morning ritual and started working on my primary objective of the day: finish writing this article!)

So I can not but offer you the luxury of starting each of your days, not with haste and stress, but with care, attention, and motivation, ready to take advantage of every minute.

What to do if you accept the change

If you are among the most difficult and motivated, put the alarm clock an hour earlier and spend ten minutes at each of these activities.
If you prefer to go quietly, select the two or three habits that best suit you and do them tomorrow and the next few days.
It is said that to get a habit to become stable in your life and that your body gets used to doing it without much effort, you have to surpass the "threshold of the first 21 days". Courage, it is not so much! ;)
Thank you very much for reading this article!

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