“Successful people establish similar routines to ensure they apply their time to ensure no minute is wasted. In my transition (to civilian life), I have set a routine similar to what I was familiar with in the Army. I still wake up very early, conduct physical training, and professional reading.” says 20-year Army veteran Mario Rodqriquez, who wakes at 4 a.m. every day.
I learned to love waking up early a long time ago (to be honest it started with me not having a choice). Being early and punctual is probably one of my gifts in this life. Of course at times it can still be a love-hate relationship between sleeping in and waking up when the alarms go off but all these years of being an athlete have helped instill this discipline or habit. You snooze, you lose.
It’s a discipline that you can surely acquire to better your life.
In Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, co-author and former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink writes: “The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day. The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win — you pass the test. If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail. Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions. “
Woah that’s deep! So after doing more research, I noticed a similar trend whereby many successful athletes and businessmen tend to be early risers. With that, I’ve come up with a few points on the benefits of waking up early.