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5 Ways To Wake Up Early So You Can Run The Day – Robin Sharma

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Leadership coach and best selling author Robin Sharma shares his advice on how you can join the 5AM club. 5AM is considered to be the holy hour, the time when a number of wealthy and successful people wake to run the day so that the day does not run them.

Robin Sharma credit’s a lot of his productivity and overall success to sticking to this early morning rise routine.

Watch the video below to find out why you should, and how you can wake up early like the rest of the elite performers.

 

Robin Sharma – How To Wake Up Early

“Getting up at 5AM gives you an enormous psychological edge.”

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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  1. HowNoPain

    Mar 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I want to, really, I try, but How? I’m mostly fit and thin, but even going to sleep earlier, cutting TV, etc…. all exercise is so painful that it doesn’t increase focus, Dopamine, and Serotonin for me. I hate every grueling minute! How may I move past all that pain to get to where others are?!

    • robin

      Apr 7, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Start by reading a book by Stephen Guise called Mini Habits. I to hate exercise and it changed my life like no other book has… Also I find I have to engage in activities I like. Dancing, martial arts, hiking… The gym just doesn’t cut it for me. I too gave been thin my whole life so if you are like me you have to stay on a regular exercise regime for the endorphins to actually kick in and work. One, two, or even four days won’t cut it. It’s because you have a sluggish lymph system. In order to get those other chemicals really going you need to clear your body of toxins through a healthy lymph system. That takes a few days if you don’t have any physical activity in your life. The only way to get the lymph stem moving is through muscle contraction so try yoga as well. Not as grueling as the gym but can really help get lymph moving in a gentle way, then move up to things that you enjoy that are more exerting.

  2. Sherill

    Jan 19, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Great video. Waking up early starting your day early makes you more productive and is very healthy for your body. Inspirational video, thanks for sharing!

  3. Trish hetherington

    Jan 6, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I’ve either trained clients or open end gyms for 20 years! Still hard and still hate it!

  4. lynne

    Dec 23, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Hi, I couldn’t agree more, yes I wake up very early and I feel that it has helped me a lot to be more productive, I go to work on time, I have done everything that needs to be done at home, I guess i just need to do some minor changes in my 5 am habit like exercising, that would probably boost my entire body system and make me a lot more productive for the day. Thanks for sharing. Great post.

  5. kn

    Dec 18, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I have been waking up at 5.50am am every day because I have to get my kid to school on time for the past two years, but that has not become a habit yet. I wake up with the alarm and wake up only because I have no choice. On the weekends, I seem to slack and struggle to wake up at the same time. Why is not becoming a habit ? Why is it not becoming easier?

    • Heiko Lade

      Dec 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Have a read of my earlier post, but essentially mental attitude is one thing and physical health/constitution is another. I have had patients who have had to get up at 5am for their jobs for 20 years plus and still wake up grumpy, tired, unmotivated yet they are still getting “enough” sleep. Your health of the liver and kidneys plays a major role in your ability to get up fresh and be motivated. For example, when you wake up , whether with an alarm or not, you should be able to clench your fist as strong as you can when you do it in the middle of the day. If it is weak and feeble, your liver is weak and feeble. And with that , your planning will be weak and feeble, which is a function of the liver. Sorry if this advice does not resonate with “addicted to success”, but the positive solution, is, to focus on improving physical health to influence the mental… acupuncture , herbs, exercise , meditation etc Work on improving your constitution.

  6. Jeremy Britton

    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I used to sleep in, hit the snooze button half a dozen times & then crawl out of bed grumpy. A gamechanger for me was the free 10-day Vipassna course, where I woke at 430am every day to learn meditation. After completing the course, I wondered how long I could keep the habit up, in the “real world” of work, bills & family… a week? A month? Answer: five years so far in #5amclub. Once you’ve done it for 30 days it becomes sooooo much easier 🙂 Sunrise meditation is an ideal way to start the day, and there’s nothing good on TV after 10pm anyway 🙂

  7. Hesron Gomez

    Nov 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I remember when I wanted to wake up at 5 am so bad to get my day started better. I tried and for the life of me, I couldn’t do it! I was about to say, “eh, I can’t do this,” and just put it off. Instead I targeted 6 am. I was able to do 6 am just fine, a month later, I tried 5 am again and actually did it by applying the alarm technique that Robin talks about. Now, just today I was up by 4:45 with no alarm and ready to start my day off right. It’s been a game changer for me…specially with a family this is truly my holy time.
    If you really want to achieve this, find a way.

  8. Ralph

    Nov 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I’ve been getting up early everyday for the past 7 years and its really does make a difference. I’m usually up at 3am with no problem. I get so much done because there are no distractions that early. Its just me and my work!

  9. Heiko Lade

    Nov 25, 2014 at 4:50 am

    I would like to present a different view on Robin’s take that will power is at its strongest at 5 am -6 am in the morning. ( Sorry Robin, but I couldn’t find any scientific evidence for that!)
    According to traditional Chinese medicine theory each major organ in the body, heart , spleen, kidney etc has a two hour peak period which is referred to as the Chinese Clock in Chinese medical terms. 5-7 am is actually the time of the large intestine and hence the “ideal” time to have a bowel movement. The opposite time 5-7 pm is the time of the kidney. The Kidney has qualities attributed to it including motivation to work hard and “will power”is a function of the kidney.
    The kidney is actually at its weakest ebb at 5-7am !! Hence from a acupuncture practitioners point of view, people who can’t get up and feel motivated to work in the morning , plan etc have an energy imbalance of the kidney. This is more commonly referred to as deficient kidney energy. Perhaps if readers and Joel are interested I could comment more and give some helpful tips for improving that morning energy according to traditional Chinese medicine theory so upcoming entrepreneurs can actually get up in the morning. Because I know if you are kidney energy deficient and even though you may have all the desire and reason to get up early in the morning, if you do, you will feel tired and you will stay tired tired for the day, be less productive , irritable and soon give it up. The reality is , that people who are born with strong constitutional energy of the kidney, are likely to be more successful. I am sorry to say, people are not born equal.

  10. George Zapata

    Nov 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    What if you have 2 small children and run a business and a wife. This makes it hard to do this. I am up at 3 every morning, but I am exhausted by the time I get home. Then I have to show attention to the children and wife.

    Solution? I know what u r gonna say…..just tell them you need “your” time. Sounds good in theory.

    g

    • vista

      Apr 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Dear Mr. George,
      Miraculously without discriminating god has given everyone’s 24 hours a day, whether its poor or rich; employee or business man. Its up to you how you manage your time without losing your health.

  11. George Zapata

    Nov 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I agree with these steps buuuuuuuuuut what about if you have kids, wife and business. Very difficult.

    George

  12. Stacey Sutherland

    Nov 24, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Robin Sharma rocks. I have read all of his books and yes waking up early is so crucial if you want to be successful.

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Welcome to our new normal. A time in our lives that a year ago we certainly didn’t see coming that most of us probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves; but here we are. As the days away from each other carry on and more and more bad news comes our way, it’s easy to lose your motivation and waste energy doing things that aren’t helpful like worrying and fighting with people on the internet instead.

Nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to the Washington Post. While many of us had routines set up to deal with stress in the past, the stress we are facing during this time is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. It’s easy to find yourself in a downward spiral, and that’s the most challenging time to stop the momentum and turn things around. If that’s the case, keep it simple and start to reach for little things to help you feel better and climb your way out.

Here’s a reminder of a few simple things you can do right now to start getting positive momentum going your way:

1. Find someone who was in a similar place and made it to the other side

Whether you’ve been unmotivated to workout, eat healthy, make sales calls or simply do anything, you can find someone who has been there and made it to the other side. Look up some great TED talks, go on YouTube and look up people that motivate you, google them to find their websites. There are short speeches and much longer talks all over the internet, you just need to find someone who you relate to that speaks to you.

2. Do something that you love

When we’re unmotivated, it’s easy to get out of the habit of doing what we love. Sometimes just getting out of bed or away from the tv feels like a chore. Think back to a time in your life when you felt great – what were you doing? What do you absolutely love to do that if you had the time, you would do all day and not realize any time had passed at all? 

Figure out a way to do whatever that is, or a modified version of it if it is something that you aren’t able to do at the present time. Spending time doing what you love will get your mind off of anything that is wrong and allow you to find inspiration.

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk

3. Don’t overcomplicate it

Keep it simple. When we’re stuck in a rut, we’ll give ourselves every excuse to not do something. Say you’ve gained some weight; you might tell yourself you need to find the perfect trainer and wait until you have time to cook your meals from scratch each night before you do anything else. Stop trying to overcomplicate it and keep it simple by finding one thing you can do right now, however small that may be. You don’t have to wait until the timing is perfect and the stars align for you to start moving in the direction you want to go.  

4. Get up and get moving

This is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but once you are up and moving, your blood will start flowing. The hardest part is getting started. Day one, get up and do anything to get moving. This is the hardest day if you haven’t in a while because getting up is really the hardest part. Day two, do a little more. Once you start, you’ll build momentum and get back in the habit.

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It’s so easy for worry to set in and for our minds to wander to places of what we can’t control. This is not motivating or helpful and we always have a choice to redirect our attention. There is always something we can do right where we are, so bring your focus to the solution instead of the problem and figure out the next step of what you can do. 

One step at a time. Step one, take your attention away from what you can’t control and what you can’t do. Step two, ask yourself questions like “What can I do?” and see what comes to mind. Follow through with the answers you find.

6. Listen to your favorite music

Not much can lift our spirits and put us into a positive vibration more than our favorite music. Feel free to sing along. Find a song that pumps you up and make that your theme song. Put it on anytime you feel down or unmotivated.

7. Expand your knowledge

“In times of change, the learners will inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Quote by Eric Hoffer. In times of change, there is great loss but also great opportunity. Continually learning opens you to new opportunities and leads you to paths you may not have otherwise found.  

“Work like there is someone working twenty four hours a day to take it away from you.” – Mark Cuban

8. Meditate

If you’re already a meditator and got away from it, take some time to come back to it. If you’ve never tried, it can be as easy as setting a timer for five minutes (or less, feel free to start with one or two minutes) and focusing on your breath. Listen to the inhalations and exhalations. Silently say to yourself “in” as you inhale and “out” as you exhale. Even taking a few minutes to do this can help you to calm down and allow your mind to refocus.

When we’re unmotivated, our momentum starts moving in the other direction. Slow down that momentum by trying one of the ideas above. Once you’ve slowed down the momentum, get it moving in the right direction and you’ll be well on your way.

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