Every morning when your alarm clock goes off you have a choice: get up and get moving or hit snooze and stay in bed. You can either choose laziness and procrastination or victory. How do you start your day?
We’ve all been there. You’re tired and the last thing you want to do is leave the warmth of your bed. Maybe you stayed up too late working on a project, maybe you went to bed early, but got woken up by your kids four times in the middle of the night. It doesn’t matter. Those are all just excuses. When it’s time to get moving, get moving!
When your alarm clock (or as I like to call it, your opportunity clock) goes off, you’ve got to ignore the devil on your shoulder that is trying to convince you to break your promise to yourself. You said you would get up at 5:00am, so get up! This is the most important decision of your day. This decision will set the tone for the rest of your day. And those daily decisions will compound into the decisions of your weeks, months, years, and your life. Choose victory. Believe me, you don’t want to look back and regret all the time you wasted laying in bed scrolling through Twitter! Get up. Get going. Get yours.
Choose opportunity every day.
Getting up when your alarm goes off and resisting the urge to hit snooze is such a small decision, but has such a massive impact on your life. Sure, you’re gaining more time in your day. But the benefits go far beyond just time. This simple decision leaks into all aspects of your life. You are practicing your emotional fitness, you are engaging in a disciplined activity first thing in the morning, you are creating a standard in your life that will give you the confidence to break through problems and to think bigger. With energy and confidence, you are able to tackle problems at a much higher level. You will break through mediocrity and live a life without limits that much faster! Saying yes to your opportunity clock is the first step.
The only way you’re going to make massive changes and increase your quality of life is by doing things that are uncomfortable. Getting up early is one of them! It requires discipline and focus. When you’re off your game or lacking motivation, just start by doing something simple right then. Set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier then you normally would to get in some meditation or yoga. Make your bed. Put on a kick-ass power suit. Mow the lawn. Bring your partner flowers. It doesn’t matter what it is, but take action. Growing into a big life isn’t one big moment, it’s small actions over time that allows you to hit your geometric curve.
Saying yes to your opportunity clock is the most important thing to say yes to every day. That small decision creates a habit, which in turn creates more habits and will catapult your confidence and enable you to build even bigger habits in your life. The cool thing is, no matter where you are in your life’s journey – you will go to sleep tonight and get to decide how you live tomorrow.