One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.Robert Brault
Over the last 15 years, I’ve played with getting up at different times between 3:45 am and 6 am. I’ve found the ideal time to be no later than 4:30 am. It’s when I really get the head start on myself, when the energy in the air is very still and most conducive to meditation and contemplation. The majority of the world is still sleeping, and because of it, my highest consciousness has the best chance at reaching me.
I get that it’s hard, and sleep is important. But here’s the thing. When I commit to getting up at 4:30 am, that means I commit to doing what is necessary to be able to get up at 4:30 am. This includes getting to bed early without my phone. That’s the start.
My mind will still tantrum because it will say this is insane, go back to sleep. When I don’t listen to that reasoning, I’ve done what is quite possibly the hardest thing to do that doesn’t seem necessary. When I accomplish that, my experience is that my body automatically goes into a subtle and powerful I can achieve anything mode without myself having to turn it into a positive thinking exercise. It’s because by the time most people have breakfast, I have given myself the most important and nourishing space to accomplish the stuff others don’t have time for. I’ve given myself the chance to conquer the big tantrum. I’ve conquered time.
When I commit to this, my body tells me in the morning why else it was hard to get up: I fell asleep scrolling through my Instagram for an hour. I had dinner too late. My body tells me this food doesn’t digest as well at night; it needs more time, have it for lunch next time. Or this works really well at night to support rest and early rise.
When I’m committed to getting up, I don’t come up with reasons why it doesn’t work and how it will cramp my lifestyle. Because the reason why I was considering the early rise in the first place is because my lifestyle was already cramping my life.