Waking up at 5 AM: My 30 days Challenge

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I'm going to Wake up at 5 AM for the next 30 days. Why? Because I feel more productive in the morning. It is a well known fact that a lot of the most successful people in the world wake up early. They do it because they know they can produce more when they wake up early. There is something about waking up early that is hard to explain...You accomplish so much more during the day it is quite crazy.

I've actually never met ONE SINGLE PERSON that wakes up late that is successful in life. Quite the opposite, all of the people that I know that wake up late are all unorganized, have no purpose in life...they are basically not successful.

I'm going to wake up at 5 AM for 30 days straight and this is my journey. I'm going to post every day to keep track of my progress and share what I've learned in the process.

Why am I doing this?

I am more productive when I wake up early. I can accomplish so much more when I wake up at 5:00 this is actually crazy. These days I wake up between 6:00 am to 9:00 am. I don't like the fact that I am not consistent with my schedule. One thing I have learned in my life is that true freedom comes from discipline.

Most people dream of fancy cars, fame, wealth, etc....At the same time, most people dream of laying by the beach all day and do nothing. They think this is what freedom is all about... They are wrong.

I've actually tried it and it absolutely SUCK. I'm an internet marketer and I am making enough passive income (money that keep coming in without me having to work for it) for me to do nothing all day and live a VERY comfortable lifestyle.

I'm actually making way more than I used to make in Finance (used to be a real estate analyst). I tried for a while to do nothing all day and it ABSOLUTELY SUCKED. After a while you almost become depressed because your life has no meaning. I would much rather have a busy lifestyle. I would much change the world and impact the lives of many people than sleeping all day or watching TV...And to be honest, I think most people want to do nothing all day because they don't understand what brings happiness in their life.

happiness comes from progress

I realized that early on in my life and this is why I continue to work so hard and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. This is exactly why I want to make it a habit to wake up at 5 AM everyday. I know that by doing this, I will progress and accomplish so much more.

I don't think I even need to tell you the benefits of waking up early....You already know what they are. The hard part is EXECUTION. Everybody knows they should eat healthy food...the hard part is EXECUTION! Everybody know they should do exercise...the hard part is EXECUTION! The goal is to make it a habit.

It takes about 30 days to cement a habit. You are going to go through 3 phases. (I learned these phases In a program called Wake Up Productive, Click Here to read my summary of it)

Phase 1: The first 10 days. In these first 10 days, you will “defy gravity” so it is going to take A LOT OF EFFORT. Your brain is not used to it so it will require A LOT of energy to stay on track.

Phase 2: Day 11 to 20. This is called resistance. It will be less intense than the first 10 days, but your mind will still resist by giving you excuses.

Phase 3: Day 21 to 30. This is called acclamation. You will start integrating the habit into your life and resistance will slowly go away.

87% of the energy in putting a space shuttle in orbit is spent in the first two minutes…It takes A LOT of energy to resist gravity.

Basically, the beginning is the hardest part and this is where most people quit. I am conscious that this is going to be hard and this is why I am going to use tools to help me succeed.

Here are the tools that I am going to use to make it work

Tool #1: Accountability. First of all I am going to post one blog post per day for 30 days to track my progress, no exceptions. I know that a lot of people are reading these posts so this will motivate me to take action. One thing I have learned over the years is that by making your goals public, it gives you tremendous energy. You KNOW that people are watching and you want to perform well. Another place where I will use accountability is on a Forum called WarriorForum. I am going to post each morning after I wake up (not right after, but like 30 minutes after or so) on the forum so that people know I woke up at 5:00 am. A lot of people know me on this forum so it will give me leverage and pushes me to actually do it.

Tool #2: Thought Restructuring. I have a morning routine that I do everyday. The purpose of this morning routine is to put me in a peak state that will allow me to function at a peak level for the rest of the day. During this morning routine, a do a few thoughts restructuring exercises that I learned from CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy). The main premise of CBT is that how you feel is related to how you think, so if you change how you think, you will feel different. I'm going to incorporate one CBT exercise in my morning routine that I'm going to apply to waking up at 5:00 am.

Tool #3: Smart Alarm! Did it ever happen to you to put your alarm, and then the next day you woke up, closed the alarm and went back to bed WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING IT? This happened to me so many time it is not even funny anymore. This is why I downloaded an app called Step Out Of Bed. I love this app! It is literally impossible NOT TO WAKE UP with this alarm.

You have two options: the first one is to program the alarm in a way that when the alarm rings, you will have to walk a certain amount of steps before it stop ringing. YOU CANNOT CLOSE THE ALARM UNTIL YOU MAKE THE REQUIRED STEPS. It literally forces you to wake up, hold your phone and walk. The other option is to program your alarm in a way that you will have to take a specific picture with your phone for the alarm to stop. For example: when you set up your alarm, you take a picture of the TV in your living room. When your alarm rings, the only way to make it stop is to take another picture of the TV in your living room. It literally forces you to walk all the way to the living room to take the picture.

I'm going to set up the smart alarm at 5:05 AM and at 5:00 AM, I will use my regular Iphone alarm with a song ( No Church In The Wild by Kanye West). I picked this song because this is the song that played at the Unleash The Power Within Seminar by Tony Robbins when it was time to do the fire walk at the end of the first day (Click Here to read my review of this seminar) and every time I hear this song, I feel extremely motivated.

Tool #4 Rewards. I'm going to reward myself for waking up early. Look, this is not the first habit that I am changing a habit and I know that my brain is going to give me hundreds of reasons to NOT WAKE UP. This is how our brain works and this is why I incorporate CBT exercise to re-program my brain, but on TOP OF THAT, I want to reward myself every time I wake up at 5:00 AM. I'm going to do this by adding a few slices of bacon to my breakfast. I absolutely love bacon and this will give me a good reason to wake up.

The goal here is to make my brain literally CRAVE waking up. For those that don't know me, I'm a pretty fit guy and I try to maintain 8% body fat so I'm only going to do this in the early stage of this habit formation (first 10 days). I'm also going to drink decaf coffee every morning with my breakfast. I quit drinking coffee months ago because I was literally addicted to it. I used to drink about 10 cups of coffee per day...I used to be a really anxious guy also and the coffee made it worse. Anyways, I completely eliminated coffee from my life and I'm glad I did, but I really enjoyed the taste of it and this is why I bought coffee without caffeine. It will give me another incentive to wake up early.

Conclusion

I'm starting tomorrow morning! I'm going to post every single day for 30 days and I will keep you guys updated on my progress, on the challenges and what I've learned by doing this. My goal with this is to inspire other people to do the same and to keep myself accountable. Feel free to join my challenge! This is probably one of the best decision you will make in your life!

Please leave a comment below or let me know any questions you have. I’d love to hear what you think!
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  • Profile picture of the author StSignal
    I'm joining you,I agree on every single thing in this thread,plus I have to change my habits,well,most of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Day 1:

    Woke up at 5 am using my alarm with the song. My brain was already making excuses like : meh, just sleep another 5 minutes, why are you doing this? Why would you wake up at 5 even during the weekends? You didn't sleep enough last night just sleep more....

    Once you are aware that your brain is going to work against you especially in the beginnings, it is easier to restructure these thoughts in a way that is more helpful. “Oh look, my brain coming up with excuses again...let's not listen to it and wake up”. The rewards also helped, as I woke up, I immediately shifted my focus to the decaf coffee I was about to make and the bacon (Yeah, I know it sounds strange but it works).

    Overall it was quite easy to wake up at 5 AM this morning. I fell asleep at like 11:30 pm though, so tonight I have to make sure to go to bed early. My girlfriend is coming over later today and I already told her that she will have to leave early because of my 5 AM challenge. She knows I have to go to bed early now! I'm going to not take any naps during the day so this way I get tired early tonight and I fall asleep earlier than yesterday.
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Day 2:

    For some reason my alarm with the song didn't rang (probably woke up, removed the alarm and went back to sleep), so what woke me up is the Step Out Of Bed Alarm.

    I woke up at 5:00 Am, but I stayed in bed semi-awake for line one hour in bed this morning.

    This is not good. This is not good enough. I remember telling myself : It's ok I'm awake, I can just stay here a little bit...

    Again, my brain looking for excuses. I need to fully stand up and be awake next time, or it doesn't count. There is no point of waking up at 5:00 AM if i'm not productive from 5:00 Am.
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  • Profile picture of the author ukmarketing01
    I have have to come up with a new idea of alarm as my family are no so keen on getting up at 5am. So, I purchased myself a wrist watch with vibrating alarm. Yeh, baby! Everyone is a winner.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam2Smith
    I think this is a great way to use every hour of your life.
  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Day 3

    Woke up at 5:00 Am, and didn't waste time in bed like yesterday. As soon as I woke up, I got up and did a 10 min meditation while sitting in my bed.

    Was really easy to wake up at 5 AM today actually, compared to yesterday.

    One exercise that I do that I learned by reading CBT books is to take a sheet of papers and draw a line in the middle of the sheet. On the left side, you come up with reasons why doing this behavior ( in my case, waking up at 5 AM) is great and on the other sides, you write the negative consequences on the behavior. This is an exercise that is really simple but works and I do it everyday in my morning routine (that I call the Freedom Routine).

    Advantages of Waking up early:

    -Makes me more productive

    -Build discipline

    -No regrets

    -Puts me in a good mood

    Disadvantages of waking up early

    -Requires some efforts

    -Must go to bed earlier

    When you compare the advantages versus the disadvantages, it is really easy to see that the benefits outweighs the disadvantages and it gives your brain clarity. By having clarity, it will be easier for you to change the habit.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    You could be even more productive If you woke up at 4 AM.
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    • Profile picture of the author MValmont
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      You could be even more productive If you woke up at 4 AM.
      5:00 am is the sweet spot for me. Everybody is different and it will depends on the life situation of everybody, but for right now, 5:00 am is the sweet spot for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Day 4:

    Can't believe I woke up at AM during the weekends...I think I've never done that in the past! I loved it though because it makes me way more productive. By the time it is 1:00 pm I already accomplished what most people will accomplish in their day. I could literally just stop working by 1:00 pm and go by the pool and tan all day.

    That's what I love the most about Online marketing: I can control my time...

    Right now my schedule is made in a way that from 1 pm to 3 pm I go to the gym and I go to the pool. My gym has a really nice outdoor pool and it only takes me about 30 min to workout....so I have about one hour and a half to just relax by the pool.

    When I used to work in finance I was not able to do that. I was working from 9 to 5...The problem is that the sun is mostly out only from 9 to 5...so you don't get to tan by the pool. It's literally impossible to do it with that kind of job. That's why I call anybody that work in an office 9 to 5 jobs slaves. They are not free, they don't control how they spend their time.

    Anyways, had no problem waking up at 5:00 am this morning! Had no problem going to bed early yesterday too. Everything works perfectly fine. I think the reasons why it works so well is because this is not the first time I change a habit and I know how it works and what it takes. I'm used to it and I have the tools to do it. I use a lot of CBT exercises and exercises that I have learned over the years in seminars and by reading self-development books.
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Day 5

    Went to bed a little bit late the day before but I woke up at 5 AM without any problems...

    It's not normal to me to wake up at 5 am and go to bed early. I wouldn't think I would adjust that quickly to be honest, but I'm only on day 5 so I don't want to be over confident. Sometimes it's when you think you are in control that you lose focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Day 6

    Woke up at 5AM but said to myself: mehh, let's just lay there for another 10 minutes...

    Bad Idea. I woke up like one hour later. I didn't make it this morning basically because I went back to sleep.

    It's really hard to change this habit because when you wake up in the morning, you are not really awake and it's like if you don't take smart decisions. You can't rely on willpower to do it, because early in the morning like that, you are not even awake yet...It's like if you have no willpower. It has to become a habit and it takes time.

    The good news is I FELT REALLY BAD ABOUT IT. It means the habit is starting to kick in. It means I associate a lot of bad stuff about NOT waking up at 5 AM and a lot of good stuff to waking up at 5 AM.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex July
    I'm with you!
    I get up every day at 5 a.m., I feel energized, inspirated, motivated.
    I don't see what's so hard about that.
    A little tip: write down your goals for the next day before you go to bad, so that you know why you're getting up so early.
    • Profile picture of the author MValmont
      Originally Posted by Alex July View Post

      I'm with you!
      I get up every day at 5 a.m., I feel energized, inspirated, motivated.
      I don't see what's so hard about that.
      A little tip: write down your goals for the next day before you go to bad, so that you know why you're getting up so early.
      I don't know, but this is one thing that I've always wanted to do consistently but I never actually did it. The time is now.

      The hardest part is to go to bed early in my case. I used to go out a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Day 7

    Had to use my Step up of bed Alarm for the first time this morning! The step out of bed alarm is an app that I downloaded. It forces you to walk for a certain time while you hold your phone. This way, you have no choice but to wake up. For some reason I closed my two other alarms without even realizing it this morning...Good thing I had the Step Out Of Bed alarm programmed for 5 minutes after!
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  • Profile picture of the author MValmont
    Day 8

    Woke up without any problems this morning...I'm getting used to it and I really, really like the fact that at 12 pm I accomplished so much already.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hippos
    Interesting experiment.

    I've been thinking about it, and I think it's a good way to win some time short-term. But in the long run, you will just shift your day. You will wake up earlier, but get tired earlier as well.

    I think the most important part is that you get out of bed after you wake up. Staying in bed for 2 hours after you woke up is just a waste of time.
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    i must be perfect
    im always awake by 5 am
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    Day 9

    Woke up without any problems...Was a little bit tired because I had to go somewhere with a few friends and I ended up coming home later, but I still managed to wake up at 5AM. The hardest part so far really is to go to bed early. I'm just not used to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Bowen
    I think that's quite a huge assumption to make of other people, frankly. If you look at a number of leading studies on IQ, people who have a higher IQ stay up later and wake up later. It is correlated with greater intelligence and greater creativity and also contrary to popular belief it is not a choice you make. It's coded in your DNA, having to do with your chronotype.

    I have never been a morning person and I usually stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. and wake up at noon. My employees start earlier, but I work the best at night and get way more done. There are the same number of hours in the day for all of us. I can accomplish way more than most people do with my schedule because I don't work tired. I work rested. I get up when I'm done sleeping, which makes a lot of biological sense, not at some random time determined by external factors. Then I continue working until the day's work is done, which may or may not be any given time. Usually, it is not.

    I think you need to find what works best for YOU, but to assume other people are lazy or losers because they don't wake up early is just silly.
    • Profile picture of the author MValmont
      Originally Posted by Jonathan Bowen View Post

      I think that's quite a huge assumption to make of other people, frankly. If you look at a number of leading studies on IQ, people who have a higher IQ stay up later and wake up later. It is correlated with greater intelligence and greater creativity and also contrary to popular belief it is not a choice you make. It's coded in your DNA, having to do with your chronotype.

      I have never been a morning person and I usually stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. and wake up at noon. My employees start earlier, but I work the best at night and get way more done. There are the same number of hours in the day for all of us. I can accomplish way more than most people do with my schedule because I don't work tired. I work rested. I get up when I'm done sleeping, which makes a lot of biological sense, not at some random time determined by external factors. Then I continue working until the day's work is done, which may or may not be any given time. Usually, it is not.

      I think you need to find what works best for YOU, but to assume other people are lazy or losers because they don't wake up early is just silly.
      As I said, I'm doing this because I ( like in me, not other people, ME) am more productive early during the day.

      Also, I've never met anyone that wakes up late that is highly productive. By highly productive I'm not talking about making a few thousands per month by the way...

      I'm not saying these people don't exist, I'm just saying I've never seen one.
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