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Winning Habit of Leaders


Guess what Jack Welch, Gordon Brown, Adi Godrej, Mahatma Gandhi have in common ? 

They are all early risers. In fact, if you read about the lives of successful people, you will most likely find a common thread: they all wake up early. It’s a habit that has worked wonderfully for them. If there was one single habit that could make a huge impact on your life, it would have to be this.

Wake up Early ! 

You would probably heard that every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up knowing it must run faster than the fastest lion, or else it will be killed. And every morning, a lion wakes up knowing it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or else it will starve to death. The moral of the story is simple. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you would better be up and running! 

If you are serious about achieving something meaningful in your life, take the first stem. Starting tomorrow, wake up on hour earlier than the usual, it will give you an extra 365 productive hours in a year. That is like getting nine extra week at work. You could read book, work on your fitness, or spend time by yourself or with a loved one. What difference would that make to your career, your health, your life ?  

The benefits of joining the Early Risers Club are many. And it’s not only about the extra time you create for yourself. The  real power is in message it sends out to your mind. By waking up early, you telling yourself that you are serious about achieving your goals an are willing to pay the price. You have both the physical energy and the mental strength to chase your dreams. The discipline and the willpower that help you get up early will also help you achieve a lot else in life.  

When the alarm rings each morning, do you find your arm stretching out to hit the snooze button ? You probably justify it by telling yourself  ‘Just ten minutes more. . . ’ That is the loser’s mindset, the comfort zone. If you value the comfort of the bed more than the opportunity to get ahead, don’t complain when you get left behind. When the alarm rings, it’s actually opportunity that is knocking at your door. And by not getting up, you are telling it to come later. Opportunity seldom knocks twice.  

Do you hear you say that you know it’s a good habit but you just can’t wake up early ? Relax. Here’s a simple 30-day plan to help you get up  early, every morning. Set the alarm clock to ring 15 minutes before your regular wake-up  hour. If you usually get up at, say 7 a. m., set it for 6.45 am. Fifteen minutes wouldn’t rally make any difference. Keep the alarm clock out of arms reach. So when it rings, you can’t hit the snooze button. 

Every ten days, advance the alarm by another 15 minutes, until you get to your target wake-up time. And everyday jump out of bed when alarm rings. In 30 days you will be getting up at 6 am. After a while, you will probably find that you don’t need the alarm clock at all. 

Has it ever happened to you that you are so excited about something which is about to happen the next day that you can hardly sleep ? You deem to jump out of bed well before the alarm goes off because of the excitement and the sense of anticipation. That’s what goals can do for you. Leaders are like that. They are always thinking about their goals and they are excited about getting to work on them every morning. They can hardly wait to get started.  

Remember, your ability to wake up early  is not a function of what time you go to bed or how much sleep your body needs. It depends on your mind. On your commitment to your own success. To achieve something in this lifetime, get up early. Make that a habit for the rest of your life.  


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  2. I really appreciate your methodology for gradually getting to the right time for waking up in the morning . Adding to it , I would like to quote another famous example of Sachin Tendulkar , who gets up in the morning before the sunrise ,because he wants to start his day by seeing the rising sun .
    Moreover there are some biological benefits such as the fresh oxygen and release of hormones that are beneficial to our health , if we get up early in the morning .


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