66 Days in the 5am Club
For 66 days I will be a member of the 5am Club
What is the 5am Club? You ask.
The 5am Club is an idea created by Robin Sharma. Where you wake up at 5am and spend 20 minutes moving (exercise), 20 minutes reflecting and 20 minutes on personal growth.
The short answer is that I’m hoping it will help with my daily productivity. Apparently it helped Sharma’s clients.
But getting up at 5am though?
Yes I know, but Peak performance coaches cite the following 3 things as crucial to achieving goals:
Consistency is about taking the right action regularly. Being reliable so that people know where they stand with you and have assurance that you will do what you say you’ll do and when you say you’ll do it.
For example, say you want to get fit. You decide you’re going to regularly and consistently exercise 3 times a week, the same 3 days at 6pm. You can plan your time around that and others know that you are uncontactable at 6pm on those days each week.
Discipline is what you need to employ in order to be consistent. Discipline has been described as doing what you need to do, when it needs to be done no matter how you’re feeling. To follow our example, this means that you exercise whether you’re feeling motivated to or not. Whether you feel up to it or not (unless you’re genuinely sick). It will be hard for you to be disciplined if you’re not committed to the overall outcome. So if you want to get fitter or lose weight but skip the gym at the slightest sign of tiredness, your first step would be to question your level of
Commitment. Is this something you really want to achieve? And if it is, then is it something you’re willing to put in the work to achieve? If not then you would revisit the outcome or in some cases keep going with a view to progress serving to motivate you to keep going and get disciplined.
OK, I get it but getting up at 5am? You say
I know, I know, but I’ve found in recent years that 5am is the time I will wake up (and stay awake) on those nights I tell myself I didn’t sleep well. It’s the time I wake up if I have something on my mind and the time I wake up if I didn’t eat properly the night before so I had started to wonder if my body was trying to tell me something – like ‘Get Up’!!!
They say the older you get the less sleep you need. That hasn’t proved true for me. I still like to get my 7 hours. What happens now, though, is I get up at least once in the night (you know what I mean…)
So I wake up at 5am, go back to sleep and wake up at anytime between 7am and 8am. The only problem is that it takes me forever to get going in the morning. By the time I read a bit and do some journaling and meditation/prayer a good 2 hours could have passed without me even taking a shower.
So when I heard Robin Sharma talking about this on a podcast a few weeks ago I bought the book, decided to give it a go.
Right I get it now (I think) but why 66 days?
Well according to Robin Sharma, it takes 66 days to change a habit?
Huh? I thought it was 21 days!
I know right, I’ve heard people say it’s 15 days, some say 21, I’ve even done a 90- day process only to drop it in relief on day 91. So I think the decision to continue after doing something like this depends on the results you’re getting. If the habit is proving beneficial then you’ll continue, if not you won’t.
A few years I ago I went on a personal development retreat in Arizona where we were invited to participate in a diet and exercise regime (which included working on our mindset) over 5 days. During the course of the retreat we were advised to continue with the eating programme for 3 weeks and not just revert back to our old style of eating (which included a bar of chocolate and a big bag of Skittles in my luggage. I brought them back home and ended up giving them away a few months later). After 4 ½ days I had lost 6lbs and decided to stick to the diet. By the end of the three weeks I had lost a further 6 lbs and over the course of 6 months I lost nearly 30lbs. In doing this I’ve changed the way I eat.
Robin Sharma suggests 66 days so I’m going to try it for 66 days. Like I said above, in order to be disciplined and consistent you need to commit and I will fail at the first hurdle (or I’ll keep pushing back my start date) if I commit to doing it for the rest of my life or an indeterminate period of time. Well that’s my thinking. But I can do this for 66 days – can’t I?
And as I usually do I’m recording this on social media as a form of accountability. I’m not sure that I’ll post daily, yet but certainly at least once a week.
I will post Day 1 on Monday so why don’t you join me? Do you have a habit develop? Write it in the comments below.
Let’s do it together.