The Early Bird. #13 2011
Many very successful people get up early. Famous early risers include journalist Diane Sawyer, businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates, poet Walt Whitman, and President Theodore Roosevelt. Each of these early birds attributes their success, in some part, to getting up early
Some people are early birds naturally; their inner clocks seem to get them out of bed well before the rest of their family. Others have trained themselves to get up early. Of course, their motivation varies. Some folks require minimal sleep, and getting up early is natural to them. There are also those who just want to be first in the bathroom!
An early start offers you the freedom to start your day as you choose: in a quiet house and with a cup of tea, a healthy breakfast, a book, and of course, the sunrise. Rising early gives you the opportunity to put your “me time” before anything else, setting you in a positive and peaceful frame of mind for the whole day. It also keeps me centered and feeds my need to read! After an hour of “me time,” it is a lot easier to get the kids out the door and get to work in an clear state of mind. I am ready to face library land and make a difference all day long.
To be honest, I have always been an early riser, bouncing out of bed around 5 and ready for a new adventure. However, those who have adopted early rising later in life freely admit that getting up earlier is the single most important change they have made to make their lives more peaceful, more productive, and most importantly, happier!
Are you wondering how to get started? Start slowly. If you usually get up at 7:00 am, go to bed ten minutes early tonight and start your day tomorrow at 6:50. In a few weeks, it will have become a comfortable habit, and you can migrate to getting up at 6:40.
Being an early riser is not about getting less sleep. It is about dedicating the prime time of your day to the important stuff…you! An hour reserved for just you, before the hectic day begins, is a powerful way to improve your quality of life and allows you to begin the active part of your day is a calm and empowered state.
If you are sceptical, just give it a try. You will be amazed at the result this minor adjustment in your life will make!
Kitty Pope #13/May 2011