The Importance of Joining The 5 AM Club Part 1
“Everyone dreams of being a legend until it comes time to do the work that legends do.” – Robin Sharma
In The 5 a.m. Club, Robin Sharma tells a story of an elite who rose to success by incorporating an innovative morning routine built around getting up at 5 a.m. and developing a formula designed to enhance his mental focus, build his physical fitness, and encourage him to be his best self daily.
Why Wake Up At 5 a.m.?
Many true leaders throughout history, including novelist John Grisham to composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Albert Einstein, have discovered that the solitude that comes from waking at 5 a.m. has a multiplying effect of increased creativity, doubled energy, and tripled productivity.
Robin Sharma explains that when you’re up early and alone, away from overstimulation and noise, your attention is not fragmented by technology, meetings, and other factors that can limit productivity.
Everyone has a limited mental capacity or cognitive bandwidth.
Throughout the day, we give our attention to more and more tasks: work, emails, interaction with others, and social media. Our bandwidth gets used up, which in turn yields limited concentration by midday. By waking up at 5 a.m., you have an opportunity to focus on a singular high-value activity without your brain getting distracted. This focus is further emphasized by the concept of transient hypofrontality, which means that at 5 a.m., you can reach a state of flow.
During the state of flow, the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which handles logical thought processes, temporarily shuts down. So the inclinations to analyze, stress, and worry are reduced. Flow is the elite mindset that all top performers, from violinists to scientists, possess in their most beautiful moments. You’ll find that if you get up at 5 a.m., you’ll be more focused and productive for the whole day.
The discipline to wake up early is just one characteristic of top performers. Robin Sharma shares a formula that can be applied to your daily life, that will encourage you to become a leader of your own life. Look out for our next post as we share that formula with you.