Wake up at 5 am naturally

The 5 am wake up call

Transcript of Video:

Hello and welcome to the NLP Newsletter. 

 Last week’s newsletter I got a lot of questions which seemed to boil down to this, tell me more about getting up at 5 in the morning, and what do you do with that time and why would you do it? And tell me about the diet. So, let’s start to explore some of that. Let’s explore one of those. My goal is to keep these newsletters short so this may be a two or three-part newsletter. Let’s see how it goes. But if you’ve got any questions about any topics, do then post them here. 

So, what am I talking about? In last week’s newsletter, I was talking about changing my diet, and I had this side effect of waking up at 5 in the morning. Well, it starts off at 6 am, then 5:30 am, and now it hovers between 5 am and 5:30 am. I’m talking about naturally, not using an alarm clock. So why do we want to get up earlier? Now there’s no real science that backs any of this up, but there seems to be a lot of very successful people who get up very early in the morning. 
Now one of the best reasons I’ve come across getting up early in the morning was Richard Branson. Now Richard Branson’s done a few things in his life that’s been let’s say a little bit successful. So, he may be a good role model. And one of the things he was talking about is, he says, he doesn’t get up at 5 am because he’s got a ton of work to do. He does have a ton of work to do, but he didn’t get up for that reason at that time. And he says, it’s not even to brag to people of how hardworking he is. Nonono, no. He says he gets up at 5 am because life is exciting. And he says, it’s all born out of this disease he calls passion. 

When you’re passionate about life, why would you not get up early? Join the morning chorus to celebrate a new day. Now it does help if you have your own private island, I get that. So, that makes a lot of sense to me. Now one of the key things is, if you force yourself to get up early in the morning, in my opinion, you could do more damage and harm because sleep is important to us. So, we’re not talking about less sleep, so it does make sense to go to bed earlier so that you can wake up earlier in the morning. So, it’s about that passion in life, and that really resonated with me. And even though I’d never really set up to get up at 5 am in the morning, well to be fair I did once. 

I read a book called “The Miracle Morning” which I thought was a great book. Full of promise and all the benefits, and the first morning I tried it, slept right through. The second morning, I did wake up and then went back off to sleep. So, I couldn’t use willpower. Willpower is not infinite, you have limited amounts of it. So, this side effect of this diet has just been great. It’s naturally occurred, and I’m really starting to reap the benefits. So, I would love to hear how you have been getting up at 5 am in the morning, that’s if you do. And how did you go about doing it? Or is it something that you would wish to do? And have got any questions that I could answer for you. 
Also, do you disagree with it at all? I think it’s important because there are people called night owls. And that people are more productive during the evenings. 

Now, just because you’re more productive during the evenings doesn’t mean you can’t get up in the morning. Just because you get up early, doesn’t mean you can’t be more productive in the evenings. So, there’s no right or wrong to any of this. But I’d love to hear your experience and your thoughts. Please post your comments below. And as always, I put a transcript below of this video and keep in touch! Until next week, have a wonderful week.  

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  1. HI John

    I have always been able to wake up at 430 without an alarm clock because I am excited about going to the gym for 530 and in my head I have sorted the world out by 9am.

  2. Kate Whitley says:

    I have no choice about getting up early, sometimes I have to be at work for 4:30am! If I didn’t get up until 5am I would be late, that is a lie in for me ha ha ha ! Oh and I have also been losing weight since starting the early shifts, which is a reversal side effect that you are having, so what does that say?? Interesting cause and effect stuff going on here

    1. Hi Kate, It’s funny how many people can get up early when working but sometimes struggle to get up for themselves. Great news about weight loss.

  3. Hi John, I’m one of the night owls, but have a day job so I find I can struggle in the morning to get engaged for work but if I work at home in the evenings I am much more focussed. This is a difficult blend for me to be effective especially when my boss is a morning person!

    1. Hi Karen, It’s important we understand ourselves and when we work best. It can be difficult when your boss is a morning person and you experimented with your diet? Since I changed my eating habits I function better throughout the day.

      1. Pat Joseph says:

        Where can i find out more about your diet? Seems that its linked with the early waking so i’d love to know more

        1. Hi Pat, good to hear from you. I have been experimenting with my diet over the last several years. My goal was to increase my energy levels and stamina. What discovers is two components one needs to eat a lot of green vegetables and fruit and the other is for a month I’ve eaten just one meal a day. And have found it surprisingly easy and given me much more time.

          I went back to eating three meals a day and noticed my energy plummeted. So now experimenting with two meals a day over one meal a day. I will keep you updated on progress.

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