Finding Your ‘5am’

Do you remember how hard it was to fall asleep on Christmas Even back when you were a kid? If you were like most, knowing the next morning would be filled with presents, candy and hot cocoa was more than you could bear.

Sleep was hard to come by, but you wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. It’s been a few years since then, and the appeal of Santa, stockings and “season’s greetings” likely doesn’t bring with it the same excitement it once did …

And it’s not just you—though you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love the holidays, it’s the other 11 months of the year that have people looking at life through a more “realistic” lens.

But in all seriousness—instead of going to bed with a sense of warmth and motivation, thanks to work, stress and a host of ever-expanding responsibilities, for most of the year, they dread the sound of the bedside alarm in eight hours’ time.

This is where the importance of finding your “5am” comes into focus.

Don’t get us wrong—the tried-and-true 5am.er tosses and turns just like everyone else, but it’s out of an uncontrollable eagerness for the next day’s undertakings.

That pit in the stomach most feel before heading off to the office? Forget about it—a seasoned 5am.er loves what they do and looks forward to the challenges they’ll undoubtedly face.

Regain that childlike zeal that’s faded over the years by first finding your life’s passion.

How is this to be done, exactly?

No worries—yes, this is vitally important for becoming an authentic 5am.er, but the below four tips are more than enough to soon have you up and at it at the crack of dawn:

1) Don’t Waste Time—Quit If You Must

Stuck in a deadbeat job, people always tell themselves that as soon as they’ve found what truly motivates them, they’ll happily jump ship.

The only problem with this mentality, though? It creates a stalemate of sorts …

Drained by the rigors of nine-to-five work, when they get home, they’ve got no time or energy to figure out what they want to do. To avoid this trap, we suggest doing something just about every motivational coach on earth has strongly warned against—quit.

That’s right, pack up your belongings, turn in your two weeks’ notice and enter the world of uncertainty. Sure, this is wildly uncomfortable, but without knowing what the next step is, discovering what it will be suddenly becomes your top priority.

2) Feeling Curious? Dive In Headfirst!

Curiosity might’ve killed the proverbial cat, but it’ll work wonders for helping you find your 5am. No matter how random, useless or incompatible with what you think you want, should a certain place, activity, hobby or profession pique your interest, without delay, sample it.

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The story is often told of Steve Jobs’ peculiar interest in typefaces as a young man. Without knowing what would become of it, he enrolled in a class and worked as hard as he could.

Years later, he discovered that his love of typography greatly helped him design the Apple brand and differentiate it from its fiercest competitors in the marketplace.

Stop thinking—if you want to give something a whirl, give it all you’ve got. Besides, should things not work out, you’ve always got our first tip to fall back on.

3) Money Can’t Matter

Throughout this process, remember what you’re ultimately looking to discover—your passion.

No, you’re not there yet, but we’ve got news for you—in order for you to find it, money must be a secondary concern. Otherwise, it will quickly become an inhibiting force, keeping you from getting creative with this all-important, self-exploratory process.

It’s funny—oftentimes, people leave their soul-sucking jobs because they want freedom …

That said, as soon as they’ve got it within their reach, they immediately put themselves to work under the all-powerful rigors of a new kind of boss—money. Find first what you love—after that, you’ll find a way to make money a meaningful part of the mix.

4) Stop Building Self-Imposed Ceilings

When you’re in charge, there are no office politics, job titles or competition to keep you from getting to where you want to be. Because of this, you’re the one to blame for putting a self-imposed ceiling in place …

It might sound harsh, but from what we’ve seen, far too often do up-and-coming professionals place subconscious limits on what they’re capable of accomplishing.

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If you’ve made the conscious decision to forego responsibility and growth to maintain a certain lifestyle, more power to you. However, if you’re waiting for someone to empower you to get what you want, you’ll find yourself waiting for a long time.

What Are You Waiting For?

There’s no time like the present to begin pushing yourself harder than you ever thought possible.

Listen, we’re not privy as to what your current circumstances are like, but a maximized life isn’t going to take shape on the couch or within the confines of an office cubicle …

That much is for certain.

Take back the fervor for life you once had as a young child. The first step? Finding your passion. What are you waiting for? As a soon-to-be 5am.er, now is the time to get to it!