Not everyone feels like a natural-born early riser. I get this. Some people say they are night owls who feel energized and productive late into the evening. I believe that staying up late is a habit they've just grown accustomed to and therefore, they've learned to leverage a "second wind" in order to make the most of the day.
I also believe that those who have a morning routine and become early risers actually give themselves a super boost when it comes to starting their day off on the right foot.
Imagine how you'll feel after completing a daily morning routine you've designed to improve your mental and physical well-being? Boo-yah!
Much has been written on the value of daily habits, the power of self care rituals, and the importance of regular routines.
This post specifically focuses on the benefits of creating a morning routine and I'm pleased to feature the book, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed To Transform Your Life… (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod.
Those who practice a daily morning routine experience greater confidence through increased self efficacy -- the knowledge that you can accomplish what you set out to do, each and every day.
When you practice your morning routine before 8am you consciously commit to dedicating time to your personal development and make it a priority before you tackle the rest of your day. According to Hal, this morning habit becomes your "wake up motivation level".
Hal's book quotes studies that reveal that if you follow 100 Americans from the beginning of their working life until 40 years later:
These statistics remind us that 95% of people don't live up to their potential.
It's a scary statistic and one that I am challenging myself to avoid. Hal writes that there are 2 reasons why people don't live up to their potential -- they are living a life of regret with rear view mirror syndrome. They get tripped up by their past mistakes.
Then there is the concept of isolating incidences. It means you give yourself permission to skip a workout or eat those tempting fries and then you tell yourself, "It's just this once", but is it?
As T.Harv Eker states,
"How you do anything is how you do everything."
Take ownership and responsibility for everything in your life. This is key to being able to fully commit to your life. When you know how you're going to start each day, you can move up your excitement level and get up early.
Find that a hard ask? Feel like you need more sleep? Give these tips a try:
Here are the 6 key steps Hal shares from his book. I've included a graphic by James Altucher to frame up the key messages.
I've been practicing a morning routine for years.
Yes, I'm one of these crazy types who loves to get up early.
I relish the quiet time when it feels like the rest of the world is still asleep.
I commit 90 minutes to my morning routine. If you don't wish to commit this kind of time to your routine, you can cut it right down and still do the SAVERS steps.
Let's assume a 6am wake time as that seems less unnerving for many:
And...you're off to the races to win your day.