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  • Writer's pictureMichael Spatola

The 5 AM Club

Have you ever just felt like there’s not enough time in the day? No time to get everything done? No time to exercise, or read? I have a simple solution! Ok, it’s not that simple, as it takes some discipline. But, I am here to tell you, it does get easier, especially if you start seeing the rewards almost immediately. Nothing worth it comes without a small price. This one is in the form of setting your alarm earlier, and ignoring your phone messages, email, and social media until much later in the morning.

I have an Audibles account. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s Amazon’s audio book club service. For I about $15 a month, you get one audio book per month. I usually like the audio books on business, marketing and stuff like that. But, let me tell you about the one I recently finished that has turned my days around. I am now getting more done by noon every single day, than what has normally taken at least 2 days to finish previously. This includes exercise, meditation, and reading, on top of all the “to do” list things that I set for every day.

The book is in story form to hammer home the principals, which truly are quite simple and far too easily dismissed. The book is called The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma - I finished it 10 days ago and I started following the plan it lays out 9 days ago. There were a few times while I was listening that I felt like “okay, just give me the principals” but now that I am finished it, I fully understand and appreciate that it was in story form, following 4 main characters. The characters are the old mentor (called the Spellcaster), the millionaire, the female entrepreneur and the male artist. The story follows the entrepreneur and the artist in their journey as they are pulled into the world of the millionaire, and the lessons they learn along the way.

I can honestly say that I highly recommend trying this out for yourself. I can’t believe how much I am accomplishing every single day now! There are several principals laid out for you. The 20/20/20 rule is what’s doing it for me. 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, followed by 20 minutes of reflection/meditation, and finally 20 minutes of reading. By the time I am done with that 1st hour, I am ready to kick my day’s ass all over the place! Once done with that, I journal the previous day’s achievements, then I do my planning and “to do” list for the day. NO BS- I get my ambitious to do list done every day by lunchtime! It’s amazing.

There is so much more, then just the 20/20/20 rule. But I would rather you read or listen to the book for yourself, and take away what resonates with you.

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