Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
He must have known what he was saying, because some of the most successful people and honorable people in history—people like Mahatma Gandhi and Thomas Edison and Nelson Mandela—were early risers.
One of the biggest secrets of very successful people is the fact that they wake up early.
Studies show there are great benefits in putting in an extra hour each morning. It can feed your mind, care for your body, and develop your character.
Most of us don’t get up until we have to. But there are good reasons to inspire yourself to set the alarm a little earlier.
Early risers give themselves a gift. There is something truly special about the feeling of being awake before everyone else, when the phone is not ringing and the noise of the busy day is still. It’s a gift to begin the day in peace and calm.
Early risers have more productive days. Early risers feel more in charge of making things happen. When you begin the day not with a mad rush but with some quiet time spent alone with your internal thoughts, your days will become dramatically more productive.
Early risers are more optimistic. Earlier risers have a tendency to exhibit character traits like optimism, agreeability, satisfaction and conscientiousness. Being a night owl, while linked with creativity and intelligence, is also associated with traits like depression, pessimism and being neurotic.
Early risers have “me” time every day. Imagine an extra hour every day that you can spend however you like. It’s time spent directly in making your life better, however you see fit.
Early risers are better strategists. Many early risers use their morning quiet time for organization, goal-setting and planning out their days and weeks ahead.
Early risers have time to exercise. Many successful business people get up early to exercise, whether that means exercising their body through fitness, their mind through reading, or their heart through meditation or prayer.
Early risers have more time for the relationships that matter. If you are always working late, you are losing out on the spending time with your family. Make rising early worth its measure by using it to focus on the most important people in your life.
Early risers get better sleep. Experts on sleep say if you wake up early you can go to bed early, and your body gets the restorative sleep it needs to start fresh the next day.
Give yourself a few weeks to create the new habit of becoming an early riser. Change takes time, effort and lots of patience. But the results you will receive and the benefits you will achieve will be well worth it.
Lead From Within: At the end of the day, what we are all searching for is to become a better version of who we are. Get a head start, literally, every day by training yourself to be an early riser.
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The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.