A night owl lifestyle probably has its benefits; however, it really can’t be sustained for a long time. At some point or another, you will realize that it is not doing you a lot of good in life and you will wish to change it.
Some people enjoy working at night; they feel more productive. But when I compare them with a morning person, I see a vast difference in the productivity. The morning persons win in this category, and later in every other just because they learned how to seize the day.
Moreover, I believe that every morning person was a night owl at one stage of his life.
If you are here because you wish to change your bad habit (and I say bad habit on purpose) and to become a morning person, that is great!
I have been there, and I know what am I talking.
Staying up late to study, play video games, or stare at my favorite TV shows transformed me into a night person. By ages 18, 19, and my early 20’s, I had managed to become a fully-grown night owl.
Living the life of a night owl brought me nothing. And I mean nothing! While the rest of the world was busy going to sleep and looking forward to the next day, I was playing video games and thinking about how I hated the morning.
Slowly and gradually, I have managed to change that. I still enjoy staying up late. However, I do it only on special weekdays such as Fridays or Saturdays. For the rest of my weekdays, I am a morning person.
So, when someone asks a question…
Is it Possible to Become A Morning Person?
I will fire YES straight away!
After a lot of months of hard effort, I managed to win over my morning grudge and to transform myself from night owl to a morning person.
It was one of the hardest challenges I gave myself. The habit of being up late was deeply embedded in my behavior, and it took a lot of fight to change that.
The critical thing I learned in the process was that our belief in something would determine whether it is going to happen, or we will bang our head against the wall. If you can’t get up in the morning, it is probably because you believe that you will not benefit from such an action. Or you think you naturally can’t wake up early.
I meet so many people who tell me they CAN’T wake up in the morning. And now when I think about it, they couldn’t, just because they felt so. The difference in our attitudes determines what we can or can’t do.
Another important thing I have learned is that mornings and success in life are very closely connected. However, I will explain why at the end of this post.
Before we begin, I would like to share with you a quote from one of my mentors in life.
“I never met a person who wakes up at noon and wins the day!” Bob Proctor
10 Tips for Becoming a Morning Person
If you are going to take with you at least a half of this list, there is a good chance you will manage to become a morning person.
I based this list on my own experience during the process. Some of the tips will work for some of you, while for some they will be pure nonsense. However, do yourself a favor and try.
It all starts with the most important one…
Have a Strong Reason Why to Wake up Early
You have to have an emotionally strong reason to get up and get going. Working on a dream or goal would be an excellent example! When you have something like a goal in life, it can motivate you enough to shut off the alarm clock, uncover, and get out of bed at the first sound of the alarm.
The decision to stay in bed after the alarm has gone off is one of the first signs of a person who is goalless. Instead of being that person, get up and chase some dreams!
Make a Firm Decision
You have to be able to slam your fist and say, “I am doing this!”. When I say slam, I mean slam! The size of your determination and purpose will play a significant role in the process.
If you don’t make an agreement with yourself, who else then would you do so with?
When you finally make the decision to become a morning person, the next few tips will help you to chase away the night owl from your life.
Go to Bed Early
It sounds simple when I say it, but in reality, it is quite difficult. Especially if you have a longtime habit of staying up late.
The thing is, at some stage of your life you have developed the habit of staying up late. If you understand that you are not born like that, you will appreciate the fact that you can form a new habit of going to bed early.
My advice is to keep your focus on the benefits of the morning rather than on reasons why you shouldn’t get up early.
Cut on Coffee and Sugar
I think I don’t have to explain why?
Coffee, which contains caffeine, and sugar are energy-boosting. Cut off the source of energy and you will be able to fall asleep within a reasonable time. Don’t eat a bar of chocolate at 10 p.m. and have a cup of coffee with it. Cut out the RedBull, Monster, and others from your meal plan.
The intake of sugar during the day, not only in the evening, can have a considerable effect on your ability to fall asleep in a reasonable time of the evening.
Water is a source of life. And water can be as energizing as a cup of coffee or chocolate, if not even more! Plus, the water will not keep you up at night time.
Eat at Least 2 Hours Before Going to Bed
The same rule as the one above applies to your dinner. Try to eat at least two hours before bed so you can burn that energy before bedtime. Try to eat light food and smaller portions than usual.
You are preparing your body for rest. While resting you are not burning the same amount of energy, and logical thing to do is to eat less than usual.
Who knows, maybe you will lose a pound or two.
Avoid TV, Computer, or any Screen an Hour Before Bed
Oh boy! Now we are getting tough!
Watching your favorite Tv show before bed, or playing a video game, makes you mentally stay in it for a long time after you finish. It tires your mind. A tired brain will have a hard time waking up in the morning.
So do your brain a favor and…
Get Some Fresh Air Every Evening
Instead of TV and computer, go outside and take a walk around the neighborhood. By being physically active before bed, you can burn some energy.
Also, walking increases mental activity, so you can have an excellent opportunity to empty your mind every evening. An empty mind is a peaceful mind. A peaceful mind wakes up rested in the morning.
Warm Shower Helps
To boost the effects of your walk, take a warm bath before bed. Heat from the water will relax your body. When you are completely relaxed, you will have no problem with going to bed early.
Read Before Going to Sleep
Just before closing your eyes, take a good book and read for 30 mins. Reading, as well as watching TV, will tire your brain. But at least you will fill your mind with some more valuable information than you can usually get from TV.
I have some excellent titles in my BOOKS section.
The last tip is GOLD!
Create Morning Rituals
Since I have learned the fact that the way how I begin my day influences the rest of it, I discovered an entirely new world.
Many people, probably you as well, wake up because they have to wake up and go to work. I can imagine that you are not a fan of your work which immediately puts you in a negative state first thing in a day. But if you wake up because you want to wake up, then it is an entirely different set of thought, feeling, and actions. Then, even your job becomes something you will enjoy, or at least you will not feel bad because of it.
I discovered a significant difference in my evenings if I began my day with a morning ritual. In other words, I have a set of tasks which I perform every morning, therefore, every evening I know why I have to wake up.
If you have a dream or goal, you can create a morning ritual around it. The feeling of excitement and anticipation will make you jump out of your bed immediately. Even if you stay up late sometimes, it will not matter because the adrenalin rush will wake you up in a millisecond.
Knowing about and creating my own morning ritual changed my life like night and day!
Learn more about morning rituals and how they can transform your life.
Now, here are some benefits if you decide to do so…
The Benefits of Waking up Early in the Morning
As we know already, a night owl lifestyle will do you no good. On the other hand, some fantastic benefits await you if you decide to wake up and start your day early in the morning.
You will experience:
- more energy
- fulfilled days
- ability to accomplish more
- better relationships
- stronger mind
- better health
- more success in life
- more money
And a lot more will come to you when you decide to trade your night owl life for a morning roster.
A lot of people who are highly successful in their lives go to bed earlier than others, and they wake up before everyone. I don’t know why, but there is something in that feeling of being busy at work while others are still busy sleeping.
There is truth in the old saying…
The Morning Shows How the Day Will Be
As I promised at the beginning of the post, I will explain why mornings and success are closely connected.
You see, when you wake up late, everyone is already working, while you are just beginning. This action sends a negative message to your subconscious mind, making you feel behind everyone else. Later on, you will carry that feeling with you all day long.
However, on the contrary, if you wake up before everyone else, with determination to work on your goal, and with enthusiasm to use the given day, you will develop the feeling of success.
Success is nothing but a feeling at the end of the day.
So why not begin and end your day with the same feeling?!
If you wish to learn more about how to create morning rituals that breed success, make sure you check out my post “THE MORNING RITUALS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE.”
Hope to see you on the other side!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,