This morning while researching the selection of quotes I’ll be using in my next book, I came across a few that stood out to me on the topic of being an early riser. Throughout most of my life, I’ve attempted to wake early, yet resolved that it simply was not part of my body clock. The truth is, it still isn’t. I’m not wired that way. And that’s why it’s so incredible that a simple mindset shift can literally outrun how you’ve been wired your whole life.
How someone has always done something or has never been able to do something does not necessarily have to define them. If it matters enough, it gets to be a choice.
In the case of becoming an early riser, a pattern of habit we find in the Pros, and for those trying to figure out why the hell they’d ever want to wake up at the crack of dawn, here a few wise words from wise people to get the wheels turning:
“Early rising not only gives us more life in the same number of years, but adds, likewise, to their number; and not only enables us to enjoy more of existence in the same time, but increases also the measure.”
~ Caleb C. Colton
“The time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me become an early riser and an early doer…. When I wake to see that it’s light out already, I feel the world has started without me.”
“I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.”
~ Johnathan Swift
Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.” He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.”
The difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man’s life.”
Source: Kosio Angelov