One week and two days ago I made the decision to get up at 4:00AM during the week and 5:00AM on the weekends for one simple reason… to finally turn the key that unlocks the door of my own potential.
For years I have struggled with early mornings. I’ve always fed myself this load of BS that says, “Oh Kev, you’re just not a morning person… it’s not your fault!” The other one that I’m really good at rehearsing sounds like this, “I’m just a night owl… I’ve been like that as long as I can remember.” Both are only true as long as I make them true.
I’ve always felt and known that if I would have the ability to create real and true success in my life, basically, in order to access my full potential in this life, I would have to find that potential in the early morning. It’s not new wisdom, it’s just finally wisdom for ME!
Whenever life has not been going or flowing quite as I have expected it and wanted it to, I’ve always thought, “well maybe if I wake up early and read the scriptures that life will get better, I will figure it out if I can do that.” So then, I would wake up for like 5 mornings, and by the 6th, I’m already tired, I’m already hitting snooze again, I’m already using rationalizations and justifications to bail myself out of this new and tough commitment.
“Well I got to bed kinda late last night soooooo…..”
“Well, yesterday was so busy that I didn’t even really get a chance to stop sooooooo…..”
“Look, if I’m really tired, then it MUST be my body telling me it needs some more sleep, I’m really just trying to listen to my body sooooooo…”
There were a whole bunch more too.
Every time in the past when I would try my new found desire for success and find it to be fraught with fatigue, and difficulty, my will would only get me so far, then the will to sleep and live a tired lazy life became more important.
In each instance in my life, before now, the temporary desire to get up would last for a few days and pretty soon it became, “well I tried, but I’m just not a morning person!” I would immediately drift back to my unhealthy perception.
Besides, isn’t SO MUCH EASIER to just be lazy, and just do the bare minimum? It is so much easier to allow self defeating self talk to evolve back in to self fulfilling prophecies that I’m “just not a morning person, and I likely never will be.”
This was my jam for a long time. I try, I fail, I rationalize. THEN, I’m unhappy with my success level, I feel like I can likely be more successful if I just get up and get going early in the morning, so I resolve to do just that… THEN, I try, I fail, I rationalize!
I’m done with that drama.
So fast forward to today. It has been one week and a two days since I started my new resolve to get up early. There is a different energy and commitment in my life, and I am still getting up at 4.
What is exciting is, as of two days ago, I now have a tool to layer on top of my commitment to a new me, that makes it so I can choose to never have to be tired again… not really really tired anyway. Not so tired that I walk down the hall like a Zombie. In fact this little trick is a little thing that has already helped me today.
So here I am, I’m sitting here in my kitchen, typing, feeling amazing, and full of energy and excitement for the day… and that is AFTER I have already exercised, read the scriptures, prayed, meditated, visualized, did affirmations and read from a great book. It isn’t automatically easy, it requires a lot of mental dedication. This is what happened two days ago to help me learn about the tool that I will share with you here today.
The two nights ago we went to the Jazz Warriors game and got home “later than I wanted” and as a result I got to bed “later than anticipated.” The alarm went off at 4, and I got up ANYWAY. Not gonna lie though, I was feeling a little tired.
During my morning routine, I was reading the book The Miracle Morning by my buddy Hal Elrod, and I found this quote as Hal describes the main key to creating success in not feeling tired; he wakes up with gratitude on his lips and in his heart, and says something like:
“thank you for giving me these five hours of sleep tonight. Five hours is exactly what I need to feel rested and energized in the morning.”
YES!! All of a sudden THAT became my new jam!!
GRATITUDE that what you recieved is exactly what you need. You Flip the Gratitude Switch, and immediately feel thankful for the sleep you DID get. The night before you go to bed, you don’t look at the clock and with disappointment say to yourself, “crap, I’m not going to get as much sleep as I thought.” You Flip The Gratitude Switch and you say, “wow, what a blessing that I am going to get 4 hours (or 5 hours, or 6 hours, or 7 hours or whatever) of rest tonight. That will be exactly the amount I need in order to have a successful day tomorrow.”
So wouldn’t you know it, even in one of the areas of my life where I have struggled forever, literally as long as I can remember, Flipping The Gratitude Switch is the solution to helping me be better, start a new life each day, and be thankful for the opportunities given.
This is why I love this early morning thing… when I swing my legs out of bed at 4 on the dot, I IMMEDIATELY chalk up a victory for that day. I’M ALREADY A SUCCESS and it’s inside of the first minute of my day. Listen, if I start my day with a massive win, how much more likely do you think I will be to recognize the successes and wins of the rest of the day?!
So even today, I woke up, I got out of bed, and I already have more self-confidence because I’m already a winner today!
I get to experience gratitude and Flip The Gratitude Switch to help me feel better so that I can wake up early, and that I can unlock the potential success that awaits me in the morning and through my study, my reading, my meditation, my visualization, my affirmations, and my writing.
Each day I get to wake up feeling energized and awesome, and with gratitude on my lips utter the phrase I learned from Og Mandino in The Greatest Salesman in the World, “Today I begin a new life!”