Living Life Right:  The 5:00 AM Club

When it comes to living life right, it is so easy to get knocked off our game. 

Living life right includes a recipe of 3 important elements: 

1.     We are to be in service to others or our planet;

2.     We accept that we are on a journey to becoming a better person; and

3.     We move towards achievable goals. 

Human beings are the happiest, most energized, and do their best when they are moving towards achievable goals, when they are in service, and when they accept that they are on a journey to becoming better people (some would call this last one a spiritual path . . . ). That is what living life right is about.

Yet, its easy to say to ourselves, “I know I know, but who has the time?!”

The thing is we all get so tied up in life. We have our jobs, our kids, and our self-loathing to deal with.

It is so easy to lose track. 

Throw some addiction issues in there, or sheer tiredness, and it is easy to lose track. I lost track for more than 10 years at one point.

Now, where was I? Oh yeah, the recipe for living life right

I am going to be 48 years old soon and there have been years and I mean years where I have been so busy surviving and being busy that it feels like I have totally forgotten the lessons about living life right

Even though I have started writing, and changing my life for the better, it is easy for me to get knocked off my game.....well, a lot. 

So, how do we get back on track? 

The thing is, that by the time I get home from work, I am toast. I am shattered. I do not have the ability sometimes to string an intelligent sentence together. I certainly am not in a position to think about my life’s goals, about how I am in service to human kind, or anything like that. 

Forget about a spiritual path, all I can think of is how to get through the evening sometimes without snapping at my family. 

What if we are not.....well, superhuman? 

We have our jobs, our kids, and our various habits; therefore, we can lose track of the whole thing about living life right. We certainly didn't read Mr. Money Moustache early enough in our working lives. We work a lot and end up tired. 

So, we compare ourselves to those gurus who seem to do it all perfectly. 

I know I started discovering and reading about many of those gurus a number of years ago. I read and follow people who seem to have the recipe for living their lives in an awesome manner. Those like Tim Ferriss, Chris Guillebeau, Mr. Money Moustache, etc. I also went to Landmark (awesome by the way). 

Yet, despite my reading about what these awesome guys have been up to, I do get knocked off my game. A lot. 

The point is, if knocked off my game, how do I knock myself back on? 

The Biggest game changer:

The biggest game changer in terms of living life right, is waking up at 5:00 am. 

I know its early. 

In Walks Robin Sharma and the 5:00 am Club: 

I originally got this idea from Robin Sharma. I am a huge fan of Robin Sharma. He has as written books like:

The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life

and

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny

Sharma is this overwhelmingly positive and healthy guy who seems so totally in charge of his life. He travels a lot, looks great all the time, and is full of energy.

I feel a certain kinship to him because he started out as a disgruntled professional.

We admire people who are healthy, happy, creative and full of energy. Sharma is one of those people who just seems to have it all together. 

Yet, what about those of us who don't have it all figured out in terms of living life right?

Sharma talks about game changers in life. He says that certain habits, once incorporated, will totally change the game of your life and launch you into a new stratosphere of health, happiness, and living life right.

Sharma’s number one game changer is what he calls the 5:00 am Club (of course he starts his day at 4:00 or 4:30, but he is like that). 

He suggests we use this time for meditation, planning our day with purpose, and exercising. 

Now I know for many people, even getting up at 6:00 am isn't their thing.

So, while I have been an early riser from time to time throughout my life, I got back on the 5:00 am train. This has been going on again for a couple of months. Whoa, what a difference. 

For example, as I write this, it is 6:08 am. I am wide awake. I have done my forgiveness practice meditation, I have had some coffee, and I am wide awake, and well, content. 

Since the 5:00 am train I have noticed some awesome things:

1. i am way happier

2. I GET MORE WORK DONE THAT PURSUES MY GOALS       THAN AT NIGHT AFTER A FULL DAY OF WORK

3. I FEEL LIKE I AM LIVING LIFE RIGHT 

It's because we spent our most productive time with our most productive brain: 

I read this article about a guy who joined the 4:30 am club (yeah, even a bit early for me). What he noticed when he did so was the productive hours of his day shifted. He said that living with others as he did (as many of us do), getting up early allowed him to have peaceful time and productive time before the rest of the world got up around him. It allowed him to effectively shift the power of his day. 

It also shifted the productivity of his day. 

He too, and darn I can’t remember his name, said that he had a job that left him tired at the end of the day. So, what he found when he got home from work in the afternoon or evening, was that he would simply watch movies, or surf social media....that kind of thing. He was not productive. Yet, when he shifted his free time to the morning hours, he was able to learn by reading interesting stuff, and working on creating projects that were important to him; thus making himself much happier. 

Getting up at 5:00 am is like ingredient number one to living life right. It lets me think about my purpose in life, being in service to others, growing to be a better person, and what direction I wish to move my life in.

This article was written by Val Hemminger, the nonconforming professional, after she got up at 5:00 am in the morning.

Return from living life right.

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