My maternal grandfather, Fred May, was an early riser. If you slept in past 7:00 am even as a teenager (and 6:00 am is probably more accurate), he thought the “Day Was A Wasting!” And
unfortunately fortunately for me, Beverly Ann May Wells (aka my mom Bebe) inherited what I lovingly call the “Fred May Mentality”. It was all that she could stand to busy herself until my brother and I would get out of bed on weekends or in the summer. When we were in our most lazy slumber habits during our teen years, by 9:00am mom had had it and would huffily come into our rooms, throw open the curtains, pull back our covers and tell us to GET UP! Life was just too short to sleep in and we had stuff (aka work) to do! This speaks volumes to those of you who wonder why I absolutely love to work, right?!? It’s a habit almost 40 years in the making.
But I actually have this sort of mindset and thinking to thank for many of my accomplishments in life. And though at the time I may not have appreciated our Saturday morning rituals of getting up with the sun, cooking a delicious breakfast, having the whole house cleaned, closets organized and yard work done before most people got out of bed on the weekend–I now practice so many of these habits in my own life and they are a responsible for keeping my stress down (I live in a very organized way) and helping me be healthy and fulfilled.
Statistics show that people who get up early are more successful and that many of the world’s most successful people get up early. So what about you—Are you an early riser? Believe it or not, even if you think you’re a night owl, you can change your sleep patterns and adopt the habit of getting up early. I have been both a night owl and an early riser at various times in my life, but I prefer getting up early. It’s when I’m at my best!
Why? Well how many of us are constantly thinking “If only there were more hours in the day?” I know I am guilty of that. And it is true that getting up early literally adds hours to your days, weeks, months and years. Look at this quote from Steve Pavlina in his blog post about How to become an early riser and his follow-up Part 2 to that post ..
“Think about what you could do with that extra time. Even an extra 30 minutes per day is enough to exercise daily, read a book or two each month, maintain a blog, meditate daily, cook healthy food, learn a musical instrument, etc. A small amount of extra time each day adds up to significant amounts over the course of a year. 30 minutes a day is 182.5 hours in a year. That’s more than a month of working full-time (40 hours per week). Double it if you save 60 minutes a day, and triple it if you save 90 minutes a day. For me the savings was about 90 minutes/day. That’s like getting a free bonus year every decade. I’m using this time to do things that I previously didn’t have the time and energy to do. It’s wonderful.”
My most healthy, happy and productive days and even years are when I am in the routine of getting up early. What constitutes early you ask? Well my perfect rising time is 5:30. I can sit with my laptop and do some social media cheerleading for my friends on twitter at this hour. I can do my daily meditation and I can get my exercising in for the day. All of these things start me off on the right track mentally and physically. And at the end of the day I feel like I got double the time back because I have already exercised so I have some time freed up in the evening for my family or other activities that I want to do. And how often do you really have time to do what YOU want to do. Well if you are a mom like me, it’s pretty rare.
So are you ready to commit to becoming an early riser? Need help with the transition? I actually find Steve’s tips really helpful. And if you’re telling yourself you’re not a morning person. That doesn’t matter. It’s not about being naturally a morning person. It’s about creating a habit of getting up early. And anyone can do this. Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book “Wishes Fulfilled” talks about how his son, the epitome of Night Owls, changed his late-sleeping ways and changed his life for the better forever!
I believe you can’t afford NOT to start this life-changing habit? WHY? Because many of you who aren’t making the most of your time at work or with family are also not exercising or practicing self-care and you aren’t taking much needed vacations. You think you “don’t have time to”. But if you got back a full month (or two or three) in a single year, you would have time for all these things. You would have the time to dominate in your industry and in your health. And you could spend time with your family and time on sandy beaches or traveling Europe each year. And after all, isn’t that the kind of thing you dream of and what you think you’re working so hard for?
So join me in being an early riser. People often ask me how I get everything done that I do in business and life. And one part of it is that I get up early. And I surround myself with other early risers including my husband, my 9-year old daughter (she’s naturally an early riser and always has been) and my team members at work. And if that many people in my life are getting extra weeks or even months in their lives compared to everyone else, it’s no wonder we are accomplishing so much!
So when you ask yourself this important questions—”Can a girl like me really have it all in life?” I think the answer is YES! But only if you get up early and take on your day (and your dreams) like the world’s most successful people do.
Happy Self-care Saturday Y’all. And cheers to those of you who’ve already been up for hours drinking coffee and making life happen!