Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.” He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.”
Alright beautiful humans, where do I begin?
First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!
We have much to be grateful for, no matter what situation we are in – even if we are in the middle of a war. Once we establish this “attitude of gratitude,” instead of asking “why me” in our current circumstances, we can start working towards the future of our dreams.
That sounded very inspirational. I have to admit, though, in the spirit of honesty – I did NOT want to write this article. In fact, I had to physically pull myself away from my books and my virtual shopping cart (all these insane holiday deals!) to honor my commitment to all of you.
Most of all, I had to honor my commitment to myself.
So here I am, putting pen to paper, and miraculously, the words keep on flowing. Hmmm, that brings me to…
Consciously and consistently putting in the effort is the KEY to achieving your goals.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of a single positive step. Of course, I might be panicking a little because my self-imposed deadline of 7PM draws ever the nearer, but I shall persevere.
Where did we leave off last Tuesday? Something about transforming your life, or whatever?
Sounds about right.
We were chatting about how waking up a few hours earlier than everyone else can truly change YOUR life. You don’t have to believe me…you can go and read countless books on the most successful people in history. Your research will take you all the way back to the olden days of Aristotle and Plato to modern-day Oprah and Bill Gates. Ben Franklin definitely makes the list, too. He’s the guy our moms were always quoting when we were ten and refused to wake up for school.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.Benjamin Franklin
Ben knew what he was talking about!
The richest people in the world can buy whatever they want; however, they cannot buy time.
Since every second of time is limited and once passed, is gone forever, we must ask ourselves, “What can we do to expand the time we have and make it more meaningful?”
See, that’s called asking the right questions! You’re on the road to Enlightenment, I can feel it.
Now, to answer part of your question, Tuesday’s article suggested that waking up earlier, as early as 5am (!!!) would magically expand the time you have. How?
Well, by increasing your waking hours, decreasing your stress levels, and dramatically heightening your productivity, of course!
All those things you wish you had more time to do…guess what? Now you do, no excuses.
By now, you must know how much I love to quote my fellow celebrities, he he. To hammer this point home, one of our esteemed elders has said:
The difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man’s life.Philip Doddridge
Wait, can we just take a moment there? FORTY YEARS?!
If my 20-something-year-old self starts waking up 2 hours earlier, when I’m a 60-something-year-old, I WILL HAVE HAD FORTY MORE YEARS TO LIVE?!
Holy smokes. We’ve got no time to waste.
Buckle up your belts (or pajama strings, no judgment) and get ready for what’s next.
OK, so you’re in the 5am club. That membership card is looking extra spiffy. Against all odds, you’ve started waking up earlier, even if it has only been a day or two.
You’ve been feeling SO tired, though. Drained, in fact, and you cannot WAIT to go home and just cuddle with your pillow in your favorite comfort zone.
I get it – I’ve been there.
Beginnings are hard, remember? Now, you’ve got a choice to make, TODAY:
We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”Jim Rohn
You don’t want to go into your grave with any regrets. It’s dark and lonely enough in there.
This is the reality. Don’t deny it. Face it, and prepare for it.
With all of this in front of you, my friend, you choose wisely, and pick the pain of discipline. I am crying happy tears right now! We are in this together.
So you ask, what on earth should I do to make this easier? How can I get the most out of my time instead of dreaming about my furry blankie while suffering from active caffeine withdrawal? I’ve got news for you:
I HAVE THE KEY. Shhhh.
And as you keep reading, I am handing it over to you. I told you, it feels like we’ve known each other forever. No wonder I trust you so much. In the spirit of true friendship, I even went ahead and made you a wake-up checklist here. If you’re in a time-crunch, just click on this link and the checklist is all you’ll need, for now.
As soon as the alarm rings and you throw away that blanket like it’s on fire, smile.
You are truly special. You have been given the chance to start over, once again. Many people die in their sleep. You have been chosen for life.
Take a moment to just smile and be grateful before the next, more aggressive step.
After crushing your checklist, and tucking your ALL-ACCESS Black Card into your wallet, go out there and conquer the day…
But First…(you already know what’s coming)…
-Your Ordinary Human Girl
P.S.: Random thought of the day that I will later journal about: Sometimes I forget that it took a village to bring me here. Whether they encouraged me or squashed my dreams, I owe it to every single teacher, friend and fellow human being on my journey, to live up to my fullest potential – just like a tree. Be grateful for your timeline, but take control and accept responsibility for everything to progress. Be grateful for your experiences, both good and bad. They are critical in shaping your character, in molding YOU.