So I told you I listen to motivational speakers regularly right? Well I am in trouble. They say to be successful I will need to get up early in the morning everyday.
Everybody says I need to get up early. But I see no sense in that. Although I have never tried doing that but I mean, I like working at night. I think I am more myself in the night than I am in the morning. And talk about freshness! I sure am more alive during night hours than I would be if I get up at 6 am.
To advocate my belief, many surveys have recently come up saying that the people who wake up till late night are more creative than the people who don’t. And Boy! I am a creative person.
But I truly want to be successful too. At least I like to think so at this point in time. So I tried!
I came back home from work, had dinner with my buddies, checked all my social media notifications quickly, set multiple alarms around 6 am and straight away lay down in my bed by 11 pm, ready to go to sleep (I thought). This task was herculean! I kept on changing sides for more than two hours (Isn’t that stupid? I would have been better off watching an awesome movie if I was just going to change sides for 2 hours). But I finally passed out.
The COLDPLAY concert I had been relishing for so long suddenly started to sound weird. It was my alarm trying to blend in. I refused to accept it but it was there. Arghh! I had to get up. So I did.
I even considered the option of going back to my dream and resuming it from where it paused. But with a lot of responsibilities and short term goals that I need to achieve beginning to populate my head, a slap of cold water to the face and a cup of lemon green tea finally woke me up. I had had a good night sleep and was ready to step in my daydreams now.
After freshening up I checked the time. It was only 6:30. I leave for work around 10. That’s when it occurred to me that all the things that I wish to do everyday and fail miserably, I can do them right now. Things like
- Writing a new post for my blog;
- Reading relevant LinkedIn posts thoroughly;
- Learning Yoga and meditation or exercising;
- Writing in my journal;
- Doing laundry;
- Planning my day and setting up specific goals;
- Listening to my favorite speaker Les Brown;
- Finish my pending office work;
- Prepare healthy breakfast
and whatnot. This was quality time. All my buddies were sleeping good and I was alone in the expanse of my imagination and enthusiasm. I also realized that the list of things that I actually wish to do everyday is so big that 3 hours were not enough to get all of this done.
I will have to get up even earlier if I really wanted all of this to fit. I plan to get up at 5 tomorrow.
So getting up early has started to seem like a smart principle to practice. It projects me towards my day with enormous energy, I am motivated, ahead on my office work, gaining constant knowledge from relevant posts on LinkedIn and improving my blog on a daily basis now.
Remember whenever you have a choice to make between Easy and Hard, take a deep breadth and always choose hard. Changing your life is hard. Waking up at 5 is hard. Running after your dream is hard. Sacrificing instant pleasures is hard.
Les Brown, one of the best motivational speakers of all time says:
“If you do easy things in life, your life will be hard but if you do hard things in life, your life will be easy.”
You must be ready, at any moment, to sacrifice what you are for what you will become.