Years ago, I had no structure in my life. I was in what you would call “survival mode,” working 40+ hours a week, taking 18 college credits, and handling multiple internships. I felt like I had no control over my life. Although the sacrifices felt necessary, I knew something had to change.
Unfortunately, nothing changed after graduating college. I got a Wall Street job and joined the rat race; wake up, go to work, come home, sleep and repeat all over the next day. It wasn’t until I read The 5 AM Club that it clicked.
Owning my morning before tending to what the world required of me made all the difference. For most people, waking up at 5 AM without having to be somewhere sounds unappealing. But if you want to be great, this is where to start. I’m a firm believer in the power of waking up before the sun (especially now that I’m a mom), and here is why you should too.
1. Waking up at 5 AM will provide you with the alone time necessary to hear your thoughts and find headspace. The tranquility at daybreak also has been shown to increase dopamine and serotonin, helping you feel energized and at peace. What an excellent way to start your day!
2. Waking up at 5 AM will give you the competitive advantage necessary to get ahead and start your day while the rest of the world sleeps. By the time everyone else wakes up, you would have already decided how to focus your energy and have done something just for you.
3. Once you balance your four “interior empires,” you will achieve self-mastery. Once you are up at 5 AM, focus on your physical health, emotional well-being, and spirituality that will allow you to conquer your “interior empires.”
Even if you are not a morning person, or should I say, especially if you are not a morning person, you should give The 5 AM Club a try. What’s the worst that could happen ;).
Laura has a strong commitment to women's empowerment, health & wellness, diversity & inclusion. She is a mom, wife, and women's advocate. She also enjoys blogging about her travel adventures to over 35 countries and her journey through motherhood.