When you’re in a deep sleep and the sound of your alarm clock wakes you up, it can be tempting to hit the snooze button instead of jumping out of bed to get on with the day. But what if you knew that literally waking up before 5 am could be the secret to a happy and successful life?
For more than 20 years, leadership expert Robin Sharma has taught his executive clients to do just that. As a result, he claims, they enjoyed more energy, greater focus, and new levels of productivity.
At the heart of Sharma’s philosophy is that we all have the potential for greatness but do not engage in the practices that help us achieve our goals. “Genius is less about genetics and more about your habits,” he says.
Sharma says that making the most of your morning routine is the first step in discovering your inner brilliance. He claims that by beginning each day at your best, “excellent days become the great years that build a lovely life,” and that this improvement in quality is tremendous.
You’ll Discover 4 Valuable Lessons From The 5 AM Club
1. Use the 20/20/20 Rule to Begin Your Day
The way you choose to spend those early morning hours, says Sharma, will determine your success more than simply getting up at five in the morning. He recommends 20 minutes of physical activity, 20 minutes of reflection (journaling, meditation, or silent thought), and 20 minutes of progress (reading, reviewing your goals, or studying a topic of interest). These three elements prepare your body and mind for a successful day.
Sharma claims that having a 60-minute “victory hour” while the rest of the world is sleeping provides you with a tremendous competitive advantage. You feel strong and in charge of your day because you got up early.
Everyone is currently dealing with a different set of difficulties, as I mentioned in today’s episode. You might not be able to or want to get up at five in the morning, and that’s good. Take what is useful to you and discard the rest.
Robin’s morning routine, which is divided into three twenty-minute sessions, is intended to prepare your body, mind, and intellect for the next day. You’ll be astounded by the outcomes you produce.
5:00 – 5:20 am: Move
Start the first 20 minutes of the game with some mobility. Exercise that gets your heart pumping, blood flowing, and endorphins flowing includes dancing, walking, running, lifting weights, and prancercising. The way you feel when you first wake up will not be the same as how you will feel at 5:20, as Robin puts it.
Be patient and move your body. You’ll feel better and be mentally prepared for hard concentration in twenty minutes.
5:20 to 5:40 am: Consider
Your time spent reflecting should be active. It allows you to focus on yourself and connect with your values. Here are some techniques for engaging in reflection:
Do any practice that helps you connect with what’s most important to your heart and soul.
5:40–6:00 am: Grow
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Time is valuable. It will make a huge impact if you take even a small amount of time out of your day to ensure that you are living with intention. This week, give yourself extra attention.
2. Plan Your Day to Succeed
After your “victory hour,” the work The 5 AM Club suggests you complete doesn’t finish. Sharma offers an hour-by-hour plan for organizing your day for maximum happiness and productivity. You’ll be more likely to complete everything on your to-do list and have spare time to indulge your passions if you schedule time for everyday duties, creative endeavors, and social interactions.
Sharma suggests the 90/90/1 rule as one method for making the most of your time: Spend the first 90 minutes of each weekday on one crucial assignment. You’re more likely to do your finest work when your cognitive abilities are at their height and you’re not yet weighed down by daily obligations.
3. Maintain Your New Habits.
Don’t quit up just yet if waking up at 5 a.m. sounds impossible. It will take some time for it to become second nature, just like with any new habit. According to Sharma, “the human brain is made for change.” According to science, creating a new habit takes 66 days of practice.
He outlines the three stages of habit formation in the book: demolition, where you push yourself to overcome old behaviors; installation, where the foundations of the new habit start to form; and integration, where the habit becomes your new normal.
4. Keep Your Focus
Sharma claims that distractions, particularly those that are digital, are frequently a barrier to getting the most out of your morning and, by extension, the rest of your day. He claims that in order to prevent getting distracted by emails, social media, or other messages requiring your attention around 5 a.m., it is imperative to avoid using technology during that time. In a similar vein, he advises staying away from digital gadgets every evening after work so you can concentrate on spending time with loved ones, engaging in meaningful activities, and developing a nightly sleeping routine that will make getting up at 5 a.m. easier to achieve.
Who the Author Is
Author, motivational speaker, and authority on leadership Robin Sharma has worked with companies like NASA, Microsoft, Nike, and Starbucks. Sharma began his career as a litigation attorney before realizing that assisting people in making the most of their lives was his true calling. His other publications include The Leader Who Had No Title, The Greatness Guide and the number one international hit The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.