Why I Wake Up At 5am Every Day
Why I Wake Up At 5am Every Day!
So you want to know Why I Wake Up At 5am Every Day? Read on! How many of us hate the ringing of the alarm that wakes us up from our slumber each morning? If you’re anything like me, as a young entrepreneur, sleep seems rare, and precious at that. I can’t tell you how many times my grueling days have dragged on to late nights, grinding into the early hours of the morning on something I’m passionate about before finally laying my head down on my pillow only to realize the next day with all of it’s demand will be starting in just a few short hours.
I know this story all too well, and if you’re an entrepreneur like me, I’m sure that you know it as well.
For me, the bad habit of staying up late started in high school. I still remember when it all began for me, although the why escapes me.
Needless to say, after years of repetition, this bad habit sealed itself into my life. By College, I was a full-fledged night owl. And I wasn’t alone which is why I find it so important to explain why I wake up at 5am every day.
I started out my college career in Mechanical Engineering with all of its math, science, and physics, and 19 or so credit hours each semester. The norm was for endless hours of homework to be doled out each day, and so many of us found ourselves trying to balance life and school work, which ultimately lead to late nights in order to meet our homework deadlines.
After 2 years of studying Mechanical Engineering, and getting past the hard gate classes, I switched my major to Graphic Design because I felt a calling toward pursuing my clothing company instead of ending up in an office working a job that wasn’t my passion.
Again, I found myself in one of the more taxing majors offered at Montana State University, and you guessed it, the norm was to pull 2-3 All-Nighters each week. Call it work over-load, or poor time management, but either way, most of us students experienced the demand and gave in to it.
After College, not much changed for me. I had developed a habit of staying up late, waking up whenever I could convince myself to crawl out of bed, and I was always tired and worn out. It didn’t seem to matter whether I got 8 hours of sleep or not, if I stayed up late and woke up late, I was exhausted. And on top of that, if I woke up later than 8 or 9am, I found that the world was already busy and waiting for me. I’d wake up to demands on my life and for my time. People needed things from me, and they needed them Now!
So there I was, groggy, tired, wiped out, sleeping in, and reacting to everything the world threw at me. There was never time for myself, and I found that it would often take me hours before I would get into the creative swing of my day. By early afternoon I would begin to zone in and hit my stride, but the problem with this was that I would then keep working in that Zone until the late hours of the evening. I didn’t want to break the energy I was feeling, so I would go without eating, without taking breaks, without connecting with people, and I would just WORK. And I did it all under the guise of being an entrepreneur. Its just how it goes right? And lo and behold I found myself working into the wee hours of the night, falling asleep exhausted, and waking up exhausted just to repeat the process over and over again.
I kicked the Late Night Grind and exchanged it for the 5am club, and I will never look back.
Is the Life of an Entrepreneur Subject To The Late Night Grind?
So is that what it’s really all about for us as Entrepreneurs? Are we subject to the stress and exhaustion of the late night grind? Is that the only road for us, the only path that leads to success?
The Answer is No, and I’m here to submit to you that there is a better way, and I found it somewhere in my late 20’s. When I did, it changed everything for me. I kicked the Late Night Grind and exchanged it for the 5am club, and I will never look back.
Why I Wake Up At 5am Every Day
I got to a point in my life where I began to actually THINK about what it was that I was doing, each decision I was making, each habit I was automatically following. Why did I have the habits that I had? Why had I formed them and were they actually serving me? I began to take notice of the fact that I was always exhausted and stressed out. I knew I didn’t like the way that staying up late made me feel, and yet I loved the productivity that came with it. I didn’t think I could find that productivity at any other time of the day, because after all, each day I was so pressed by other people’s need and urgencies that I couldn’t ever find time for myself.
The reason I clung to staying up late was because to me it was my time to be creative. It was peaceful when the whole world was asleep and I finally had time for myself. I would count those hours from 11pm – 3 or 4am as a special time to work on what I wanted to work on. I could hit the zone and just crank away on things I loved, without having anyone bother me or demand my time.
But the reality was that the trade-off was really messing up my life. I could be creative, but then I was always tired and stressed.
What I needed was to change my life so that I could still have creative time in my life, but actually be rested and pro-active with my time instead of reactive.
I moved to Los Angeles with my brother after graduating college in 2010. We had a lot of fun working on film and TV projects, acting, and exploring all that Hollywood and this city had to offer (See The Breaks Surf Show). We had so many unique experiences (To be saved for another blog post) and I grew my business, but I was split with my attention and focus. After a few years I realized that I really needed to get serious about growing Elevated Clothing and building a consistent life for myself here. So I began to fully immerse myself into Personal Development and the study of Success.
All of a sudden I was woken up to a new world of potential in my life. I began growing in my entrepreneurial skills, my mindset, my understanding of success, wealth management, discipline, etc… I got laser focused and found mentors like Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Grant Cardone, Tony Robbins, Stefan Pylarinos of Project Life Mastery, etc… I began devouring business and marketing books, and my life and business started to change for the better.
I was confronted with the fact that many of the wealthy and successful entrepreneurs that I was learning from work up early and had a disciplined Morning Routine that set them up for optimal performance and success each day. This was a new concept to me. I had never had an intentional morning routine. As stated,I had always just woke up exhausted and began to go through the motions with my day as the demands made themselves known. But these mentors that I was studying had a different system. They woke up purposeful, setting their goals for the day, planning their steps, and devoting time each morning to their own mental outlook before they even began to address the world. Something was different about the way they did life, and I began to believe that I was missing out on something very crucial and very important. The contrast was very obvious to me.
Robin Sharma called it the 5am Club, and it would come to change my life.
I was confronted with the fact that many of the wealthy and successful entrepreneurs that I was learning from work up early and had a disciplined Morning Routine that set them up for optimal performance and success each day.
The Day I joined the 5am Club Changed My Life
I remember exactly the day that I decided to enact a change in my behaviors and habits. I had been listening to my mentors talk about why and how they wake up at 5am each morning consistently. I had seen enough to be convinced, and when I was honest with myself I could see that my own habit wasn’t exactly serving me in the best way. I committed to doing life a little differently. I had never been a morning person, nor ever thought I could be. How was it possible, when I was so used to going to bed at 3 and 4am that I could all of a sudden make a shift and begin to wake up at 5am in the morning instead? It wasn’t going to be easy, but I began to believe it was worth it, and necessary.
I was in a place in my life and business that I was desperate to make real growth and progress in all areas. Because of my immersion into personal development I was hungry, and I my mindset had shifted from hoping and dreaming to having a real belief and desire for success. I knew that whatever I put my mind to I could begin to accomplish. And so I set my heart on waking up early. I convinced myself that if I could just test it out for a day or two, and see if it provided a positive benefit, then I could deal with the full on challenge of shifting my lifestyle later. And so I did it. I chose a day and convinced myself that I would go to sleep at a decent hour and actually wake up at 5am to start my day.
I crafted an intentional Morning Routine based on what I had learned from watching my mentors, and when the day came I peeled myself away from work at around 11pm. That was a huge step for me. And when the next morning came, even though I was tired, the alarm rang at 5AM and I sprung out of bed because I was excited to get up at Five in the Morning and test this new strategy.
This willingness to test a new strategy is crucial for a young entrepreneur. You need to be willing to hear and see new ideas, and then implement them into your life to see if there is actually a benefit in them for you. This desire for growth is what ultimately lead to why I wake up at 5am every day.
My mind was prepped to give this test all that I had, so I didn’t even think about hitting the snooze button. I woke up stoked to get my day going, but instead of going right into work, I followed my carefully crafted Morning Routine that was designed to put me in a peak state of performance and success.
I smiled and was grateful, I stretched and got loose, and then I ran. And while I ran, I prayed.
I’ll go all into my Morning Routine in a future post, but I’ll tell you this in brief – I smiled and was grateful, I stretched and got loose, and then I ran. And while I ran, I prayed. By the time I was done with my morning routine, I felt energized. I was excited, and calm, and present. I was focused on what I wanted to accomplish for the day, and the beauty of it all was that the world was still asleep. Had I just found the answer I was looking for?
The benefit was clear to me. I had more energy from waking up early than I had ever had from sleeping in late. I still found a time to be created and devote to myself while the world was asleep, and the best part was that I was able to set my sail for the day and determine my own priorities and plans before anyone else tried to lay claim to my time. I found myself being proactive instead of reactive.
Joining the 5am Club and waking up at 5am in the morning changed my life. What I experienced that first day of getting up at five in the morning would determine why I wake up at 5am every day now. Day 1 turned into Day 2, 3, 4, and 5 of waking up at five in the morning. Before I knew it I had done it for a week, and then I never looked back.
I found myself having accomplished and achieved more in the first few hours of the day than I ever would have in an entire day. With my business I was able to actually implement and achieve new plans, strategies, and goals because they were the first things that I went to work on in my day before I ever got pulled away to give attention to someone else’s needs.
I had a daily dollar amount that I wanted to earn, and I would find myself having invoiced clients for that daily amount every day by 8am. I focused on earning first and then doing the rest of my business after that most crucial part was out of the way, and that changed everything.
So here I am, 4 years later, still waking up at 5am each day. Now to be honest, I haven’t been 100% consistent. There have certainly been days where I don’t wake up at 5am, and there have even been chunks of life (months) where I fall out of habit, but the reality is, I always come back to waking up at five am in the morning and following my morning routine because its a much better way of life for me. I would recommend it to everyone. Join me in the 5am club.
Watch My Video About Why I Wake Up At 5am Every Day
You can watch my video below about why I wake up at 5am every day. It tells a good piece of this story in more detail and more of the strategy that I use to switch from being a night owl to an early bird.
I have a youtube channel called Limitless North where I teach success principles, personal development, self improvement, and wealth strategies and I hope that you will find yourself greatly benefiting from the content on that channel. My mission is to impact young entrepreneurs and teach you how to find success in your pursuits.
If you want another take on why I wake up at 5am every day, why waking up at 5am in the morning can be so important to success, my good friend 5AM Joel is actually my accountability partner and he is crushing it in life. You’ll get a lot of good tips and strategies and inspiration for getting up at 5am from him. Check out his blog here: 5AM Joel.