Jul 26, 201811:13 AM#SocialBiz
with Spencer X Smith
I woke up before dawn for a year. Here’s what I learned and how it will benefit you
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I’ve always been a morning person. As a kid growing up, I was the first one awake in my house. I’m not sure why, but my parents strongly encouraged me — at a very early age — to get a morning paper route.
As I write this now, I’ve been awake for a little over two hours, and it’s not yet 6 a.m. I’ve already lifted weights at the gym and am writing this from my treadmill desk. After maintaining this routine for a year, I happened upon one very surprising realization that I know would benefit you.
Before the big reveal, a question: Have you ever talked yourself out of something you know will be really good for you?
Maybe you said, “I won’t make these extra calls or send these extra emails today before I leave the office. I’ll get to it later this week instead.”
Maybe you have a weight loss goal and you said to yourself, “I’ll start eating healthy tomorrow, so I’ll skip the salad and have a burger today instead.”
Maybe it was, “I can miss my daughter’s T-ball game today and make up for it this weekend.”
Regardless of the situation, you were projecting a vision of the future that was incongruent with the present. Said another way, Future You is the new-and-improved version of Present You.
Before I started waking up before sunrise every day, I’d still get up early, just as dawn was breaking. What’s the first thing I would do before going to the gym to work out? Look out the window. Some of the things that would cross my mind would include things like:
“It’s raining cats and dogs.”
“Looks like a morning of shoveling snow.”
And, of course, since we live in Wisconsin, “Wow, I hope it’s not as cold as it looks!”
I would look out the window and make a poor decision, based on an environment over which I had no control whatsoever. I would skip the workout and say, “I’ll be sure to work out twice as hard tomorrow.” Future Me would be a better version of Present Me.