I am in the middle of reading The 5am Club by Robin Sharma. Have you read this? The premise is that if you take an early morning hour, before anyone else is awake, and use it to exercise, meditate, learn and set goals, you will be setting yourself up for not only a great and successful day but a great life.
The book is written as fiction but mirrors the life of a success coach/guru. The plot is very loose but the book is meant to focus on how to create a successful and happy life for yourself and it accomplishes that by laying out the steps in an entertaining format.
According to his website, “Robin Sharma is considered to be one of the top 5 leadership experts in the world. His work is embraced by rock stars, royalty, billionaires and many celebrity CEOs.” It’s well worth your time to read his blog and watch his videos on Youtube.
My thoughts on the teachings of this book are that you don’t necessarily have to wake up at 5am. What if you can wake up at 6am and still have a solid hour before you are required to do anything for anyone else? My theory is that that is fine too. I’ll let you know if I’ve changed my mind by the end of the book. However, the remainder of the advice, life skills, anecdotes and quotes of not only affirmation but wisdom, make this book a gem.
So, given that I’m not getting up to hurriedly get kids ready for school anymore (I just have to drag one out of bed) here I go with a new goal. I’ve already found it to provide me with a pile of energy still going by the end of the work day. I haven’t worked it into every day yet. I’m at the part of the book where Mr. Sharma explains how to do that. He’s already proven to me that I need to. Another self-discipline muscle that needs to be worked on. The mindset it provides is worth its weight in gold, so to speak.
My plan is to implement this practice and update you with my progress in a future blog. Are you familiar with the 5am Club? What habits have you instilled to ensure a fantastic life?