Live life with intention: A phrase I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again. But what does it really mean? I’ve internalized it over the years, but rarely speak about what it actually means to me. Maybe it’s because my ideals speak for themselves and those around me see the evidence of how I live my life, but I think it’s important to be unambiguous!
We all have things we want to achieve in life, whether it be losing weight, building a successful business, or writing a best-selling book. All of those things take time, hard work, and energy, but what if I told you there was one thing you could do to accelerate the process?
Mind Over Mattress
Think of yourself as a warrior, up before sunrise every day. Make no mistake; it’s war, because you’re in fierce competition against your best self. There are times where we take the easy route and instead of working, we sleep in and allow ourselves to feel completely unmotivated. And everyone will tell you this is normal, because it is normal. It’s normal to sleep when you’re tired; normal to work only when you feel like working. This mindset is the very reason being “normal” is something I something I wish to never relate to. I want to be extraordinary, and greatness abhors normal!
There’s a quote by Philip Doddridge that says, “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.” I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind adding on 10 years to my life!
We have to admit we could all be more active and deliberate—the whole idea is to wake up at your “warrior hour” (about 2-3 hours earlier than normal) and be intentional—(there goes that word again) —about making sure you move the needle towards accomplishing whatever it is you’re trying to do. Get to a point where you’re an intentional, action-taking superhero getting more done by noon than most people get done all day.
Consequences of Warrior Hour
There are both intended an unintended consequences to waking up at ‘warrior hour. The intended consequences include:
- More Focus: When your alarm goes off at 5 a.m., your plate is empty. Throughout the day, your willpower has a way of getting exhausted. The more decisions you have to make as the day goes on, the more your willpower and focus will be depleted. Because of this, willpower and focus are typically higher in the morning when you’re feeling fresh and energetic, so take advantage of it!
- Building Momentum: When you add hours to your day, you’re bound to increase productivity when you get an earlier start. Early mornings tend to be a catalyst for being more enthusiastic, goal-oriented, and positive throughout the day. Being more proactive is a response to increased conscientiousness that comes from waking up earlier.
- Ample Time to Plan/Organize: As the day goes on, things have a way of piling up. Waking up an hour or two earlier allows you to prioritize your day, and because you’re better prepared for the day, you’ll be more productive.
Most people don’t realize that all of the intended consequences of getting an earlier start your day lead to unintended ones as well like more confidence and a better sense of purpose, discipline, and time management.
Don’t sleep your life away. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but it’s up to you how you use them!