The 5 a.m. Challenge – How to Get Up Early

I work a full-time sales job, but writing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I always held the dream that someday I’d be a writer. It’s fun to play hypothetical “someday”, but there happen to be seven days in a week – someday just isn’t one of them.

I lead a pretty hectic lifestyle. I work a full-time sales job, ride motorcycles, go to the gym, hangout with friends, and manage this blog. That doesn’t leave me with much time to write.I have to get creative with my schedule to make sure I can stamp out a time each day to work on my craft. In his best seller, Start, Jon Acuff talks about finding his time by waking at 5 a.m. to write.

Here’s what he has to say about getting your hustle on:

“If you can’t – if the idea of setting your alarm thirty minutes earlier sounds horrible to you – then you may not be ready for awesome.
If your dream isn’t worth thirty minutes, you’ve either got the wrong dream or you’re just pretending you have5am-challenge one … Nobody gets up early on the road to average.”

If you’re thinking, “5 a.m. is early!” I wouldn’t disagree. It took me a few weeks to adjust to the new schedule, but I feel much better because of it. Now it’s a ritual, but I had to train my body on how to get up early. Remembering why I’m doing it and what my goal is motivates me to get-after-it every morning. Without a purpose, follow-through is nearly impossible.

So, maybe you don’t want to write every morning like me. But, I’m guessing there is probably something you would like to do whether it’s learn a new craft or skill, start a workout program, read, or meditate.

My challenge for you is to set your alarm for 5 a.m., go to bed early, and get up and get-after-it!

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  1. Jeff, I have done it before, and loved it, but could not keep up. I have to be honest, waking up at 5am is not easy for me especially with our newborn. But l will try it this week. Thanks for the reminder.

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