Most success articles start off with a motivational talk, followed by a distinct group of steps of what you need to do to become a successful person. And while we have been guilty of this pattern from time to time, we prefer it when we can simplify our advice to something that practically any man can do, like wake up early!
It seems so simple – maybe even too simple to claim that just by doing something like getting up early could turn around the slump you are currently attempting to crawl out of. But it works. Just ask Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock).
The Key to Early to Rising
And while Dwayne Johnson may claim that he can get away with only 3 to 5 hours of sleep per night in order to keep such an early schedule, most of us require more like 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep. In other words, you’re going to need to go to bed early so that you can wake up early. And this should become a regular thing, even on the weekends. What a drag, you say. And we hear you, but the reasoning is clear: The body functions best with regular patterns, so you will sleep your best if you keep your bedtime and waking hours pretty much the same throughout the entire week.
You don’t need to dig too far into the history books to find that the most successful people in the world are usually morning people. And if you turn to some of the research of the biology professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg Germany, Christopher Randler, you would find that early risers have five very distinct advantages. One, they are more persistent to get what they want. Two, they are also more cooperative, three, more agreeable, and four, they are more conscientious to keep themselves on track. And finally, they are more proactive to make sure they stay on that track.
There’s more than one payoff or personal payday to this, like money, focus, happiness, and less stress in your daily life. Let’s look at the typical day for a lot of people. You wake up and your day has already started bad – why? Because you got such a late start.
And this happens because you go to bed too late, get up late, rush around to get out the door, and from that point on – the rest of the day is pretty much screwed. Imagine if you could get up even earlier than you need. You would have some extra time to meditate, plan out your day, and maybe even get in a quick workout.
But you’re going to need the motivation to make such a significant change in your life – and that is something that this video will take care of within the first few minutes of watching: