I just love being up before sunrise. When I finish my conditioning workout at 6AM and the sky is barely light – all black – I’m ecstatic. I can’t seem to get the drive to go back to waking up late, like 7AM late. I am super grateful to get to this point, because it wasn’t easy.
How ironic is it that when I don’t have a job I dread, I get up early and I end up doing whatever I want? When I do what I want to do I have power. It’s exciting to have power. It’s difficult to be asleep when I’m excited. Simple logic.
Next thing you know you’re forty and you’ve spent your entire life working. Was it in building a legend or earning a predictable paycheck? You might have all of the money in the world, but if you don’t have a story or memorable experience, you could say you were in jail and when you got out, someone donated to you a hefty $100k to do whatever you want. Money by itself is an illusion, but your source of income isn’t. Let it be something you’re proud of.
Anyways, I’m not here to rant…I already did that in another post. It just feels fucking great to live like this.
My life is incredibly stress-free. I’m essentially living my dream. That’s not to say I don’t do anything. When I don’t do anything I actually feel uneasy, because I’m not fulfilling a purpose.
Rest days are the worst, but those are necessary so I put up with them anyway.
I’m so ahead of other people when I get everything done in the morning. By the time 10AM rolls around I’m nearly done with my day and in a cheerful state. Socializing is so easy it’s like being in the Matrix when Neo realizes he’s the one.
When 1PM rolls around I’m basically done and I just end up socializing more, getting to know people or showing them possibilities they thought never existed. It can get redundant saying the same things, so I just write the same exact things on here for everyone to see conserving my energy smartly.
But that’s not to say that I wake up feeling like a boss. Like most people I’d rather keep doing what I’m doing: sleeping comfortably. The boss feeling comes after transferring the inertia of pushing the sleeping box to other activities. And it must happen lest I become like most people.
Being like most people is generally inadequate. In order to become excellent in a field, you have to be special in it. You can become specialized through rigorous training, too. But if most people can do the same thing without trying, then that thing is not special. And if you can’t do something special, you’re not excellent in the field.
To be excellent at energy management you have to do something very few people are doing. One way to find out whether rising early is a popular cause or not is to do it, then look out for others also doing it. When I wake up at 4:30AM and finish conditioning by 6AM, all I’ve seen is a few cars. It’s basically a ghost town.
Being at the Gym: When NOT to Lift
That’s followed by heading to the gym, finishing up lifting in the rack or sprinting on the track, then Bosu ball balance. I’m able to finish up at 8AM. There’s more people but not enough to have to wait to use a squat rack. If you’re just getting here it’s definitely a little late but the day is still okay.
What you DON’T want to do is go to the gym at 11AM because it’s full of slackers that tried to get up early to go work out but failed to get up.
I get it, it’s hard to get up before daybreak. It’s even harder to get up 4 hours late at eight.
The worst of all times is between 2PM-8PM. You may as well be in a pack of sardines. Everyone’s awake at that time, but you don’t want to be around any of them (mainly because you’re too busy working on your business). These are people with less important stuff to do such that the highlight of their day involves being at the gym.
Unless you’re a powerlifter, the gym isn’t open, or you’re condemned to a 9-5 (which makes it hard to do anything, really) you should be at the gym at 6AM.
How Does It Feel to Wake up After Sunrise?
Like shit. It is doubtlessly disgraceful. Worse is when you know it’s good for you and you fail to do it, so you felt like you’re starting the day as a loser.
It’s okay to not comprehend that feeling completely yet. Once you begin to get things done, improving in skills that you’re absolutely passionate about developing, one day you’ll notice it’s 10PM and you’ve only accomplished half of what you planned to finish that day. Then you’ll realize if you woke up at 4AM it would be 6PM: you would still have a couple of hours left and be able to get a full night’s rest.
There’s a clear principle to winning: Do not lose. Winners just happen to lose the least. You have to give up the least significant objects or activities. By losing the least you’ll gain the most.