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Robin Sharma’s Perspective
Robin Sharma is considered one of the top 5 leadership experts worldwide. He is also the author of the bestselling books, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and Who Will Cry When You Die?. Sharma is admired by some of the world’s most successful people. He has advised rock stars, royalty, billionaires, and famous CEOs. Sharma quit his career as a lawyer at the age of 25 to pursue stress management and spirituality.
The 5 AM Club Synopsis
The 5 AM Club offers advice on making your mornings the kickstart you need to attain your most remarkable achievements. Mornings are often a struggle for people. But Robin Sharma believes his formula can help anybody feel inspired and focused early in the morning. He also offers neuroscientific support for approaches that will help you rise far more quickly than the rest of society.
The 5 AM Club is a parable about genuine success. The kind of success that will turn you into a hero. Heroism may sound romantic, but it is possible for anyone to achieve it by embracing discomfort and working on daily habits for self-improvement. The first habit is to simply wake up at 5 a.m. and to use the first hour of your day to get ahead.
StoryShot #1: The Five Ground Rules
A key feature of your success will be effective preparation. So, Robin Sharma breaks this preparation down into five fundamentals you must consider:
- Distractions are the death of creativity. Those who make history and build empires dedicate an hour before dawn to themselves. This time offers them new opportunities that surpass daily challenges. This sets them on the path to an outstanding day.
- Genius does not grow on excuses. Even if you have not developed the habit before, you can still establish it now. Don’t rationalize and remember that all it takes is a little bit of effort daily to achieve amazing results.
- The first part of any change is complicated, the middle is messy and the end is beautiful. The things you find simple now were once complex for you. Soon, you will become accustomed to getting up early.
- To get to the top 5%, you must start doing what 95% of people are not willing to do. The majority will call you mad as soon as you start living like this. You will pay for excellence by being dubbed a freak.
- Keep going even when you want to surrender. Success usually comes to those who are relentless.
StoryShot #2: The Three-Step Success Formula
Sharma provides a three-step formula that you can apply to all parts of your life. First, you should be working on improving your awareness. This heightened level of insight and consciousness will then optimize your daily decisions. Improved awareness will lead to better choices. Finally, once you get your daily choices correct, you will dramatically accelerate your ability to accomplish and have a significant impact as a leader.
So, these better choices will lead to better results.
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StoryShot #3: The Four Focuses of History Makers
Sharma researched where the most influential people place their focus. The result of this research is his four focuses of history makers.
These four focuses are:
1) Capitalization IQ
Natural talent is not what defines great individuals. It is the extent of that potential that they capitalize on through consistency and relentlessness. It doesn’t matter what sport or specialism an individual engages with. Those willing to put in exceptional dedication and commitment will become iconic.
2) Freedom from Distraction
An addiction to distraction is the death of your creative production. Strip away all the layers of complexity from your days. Simplify and streamline everything. Less is more. Concentrate on only a few projects, so you can make them exceptional. A few groundbreaking projects are better than spreading your attention across multiple tasks and producing lackluster results. Prioritize quality over quantity.
Have a few friends, but go deep with them. This will ensure that each of your relationships is prosperous for both parties. As with your projects and your tasks, it is much better to focus on developing solid relationships than making multiple shallow-level friendships. You want to have friends you can always trust.
Stop managing your time and start managing your focus. It might appear like spreading yourself thin saves you time. But your focus is ultimately the most important thing.
3) Personal Mastery Practice
All your actions within your environment are a result of what’s happening within you. Your fortune always follows your fearlessness, and your influence in the world is entirely attributable to the glory, nobility, vitality, and luminosity you have accessed in your consciousness.
External always expresses internal. Your creativity, productivity, prosperity, performance, and impact on the planet are always an expression of what’s going on inside you. Your internal reflections will always manifest within your external behaviors. So, challenge yourself when you are negative or distracted. If you can master your inner world, you will master the external world too.
4) Day Stacking
Each day is equally important in the bigger picture of your life. So, craft your life based on each day, focusing on the bigger picture of your life. Each of your special days represents your precious life in miniature. What we are doing today is creating our future. So, always consistently and relentlessly stick to your focus.
StoryShot #4: The Secret of Morning Genius
When we get up at five in the morning, the stillness, solitude, and silence trigger our brains. Our brain waves shift from beta to alpha, through to theta. And then, a pharmacy of mastery is stimulated in our brain. These changes help us produce groundbreaking thoughts that would not have previously been possible.
The cortisol levels in the brain decrease, while the dopamine and serotonin levels increase. The prefrontal cortex then rests, which allows us to enter into the flow state. Flow is a state of mind when we are genuinely engaged in the activity that we pursue and lose track of time. This state is most easily achievable in the early mornings because that’s when we have the factors required.
StoryShot #5: The Four Interior Empires
To be a genius and thrive in the long run, we need to take care of ourselves. Sharma calls these our interior empires and provides the four most important ones:
- Mindset: Relates to the psychological aspect of our being, for example, our thinking and optimism.
- Heart set: Relates to our emotional intelligence. How good are we at managing our own emotions?
- Health set: Relates to our physical fitness.
- Soul set: Relates to spirituality. How are we connecting to that Supreme power?
By taking care of these four empires, we can all achieve remarkable things and obtain life goals we have held forever.
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StoryShot #6: The Five Scientific Truths That Govern Successful Habits
Sharma uses science to guide his morning routine. Based on research, he offers you five scientific truths that will help you develop habits:
- Strong willpower isn’t something you’re born with. It’s a skill you can develop through constant practice. Getting up at 5 A.M. is perfect self-control training for the rest of your day. If you can push yourself to get up earlier than most other people, you can push yourself to do anything.
- Just like a muscle, personal discipline will grow if it’s put under pressure. So, we should actively create conditions of relative stress. These experiences will build natural power.
- Willpower weakens when you’re tired. So, to reach mastery, you should take time to recover and manage decision fatigue.
- Developing a new habit and sustaining it long-term follows a clear four-part pattern. We will get into this later.
- As you develop self-control in one area of your life, you will eventually improve it in all areas. That’s why being a member of the 5:00 AM club will give you a competitive edge in everything you do.
Sharma explains that the most proficient habit makers live by three key values. These are:
- Persistence and consistency are the keys to victory. Of course, anyone can be great for just one day. But to be great consistently is what is required to become heroic.
- Your level of respect for yourself is ultimately determined by how much work you put into completing what you have started.
- How you practice when no one’s watching you is exactly how you will perform when you have an audience.
StoryShot #8: The Lifetime Habit Arc
The lifetime habit arc is the four-part automation pattern we mentioned earlier.
The first step is the trigger. It’s the cue that initiates the habit. Once the habit is initiated, we need to follow a particular ritual to continue it. Then, after completing the habit, it’s time for us to reward ourselves. Finally, once that reward is pleasurable, that’s when repetition comes into the picture.
StoryShot #9: The Habit Installation Protocol
According to research, it takes around 66 days for any habit to become automatic. That said, these 66 days are divided into three stages.
- Stage one is destruction, where we destroy our old habits and try to implement a new one.
- The following 22 days are part of the installation stage. This is the most challenging phase of all three. Installation is where we attempt to install this habit into our lives. We deal with how the habit impacts and is impacted by the rest of our habits.
- The last stage is integration. Integration is where the habits slowly start to become more like an automatic response.
StoryShot #10: The Three Pockets of the 20/20/20 Formula
The first hour of your day should be split into three 20-minute pockets of exercise, reflection and study.
Pocket #1: Move
5:00 AM to 5:20 AM is when we have to move. This includes doing intense exercise, hydrating ourselves, or breathing deeply. This is because your body has been in a state of sleep, and you need to allow your body and mind to wake up fully.
When we exercise first thing in the morning, our cortisol levels decrease. Our dopamine and serotonin levels also increase. These changes elevate our mood and our metabolism. So, we are ready for the day ahead. We will be less stressed throughout the day, and our energy levels will remain higher than if we hadn’t exercised.
Pocket #2: Reflect
This pocket is from 5:20 AM to 5:40 AM. You should use this time to reflect on your life. You can reflect either by meditation or writing in your journal. You might also want to spend this time planning your day, praying, or creating a time of personal contemplation; anything that feels natural and involves active reflection.
This step helps us be more aware of ourselves and our mission, vision, and life goals. It ensures we are in alignment with our higher purpose.
Pocket #3: Grow
This pocket should generally occur between 5:40 AM to 6:00 AM. In these 20 minutes, you have to review your life, week, and day goals.
You can read books in your field, listen to audiobooks or podcasts, or engage with an online training course. This time should involve engagement with whatever will help you grow in your respective field.
StoryShot #11: The Benefits of Journaling
Journaling multiplies our clarity and awareness. This clarity and awareness are the only way to ensure we are on the right path.
Journaling activates deliberate gratitude. It is often easy to get tied up in the business of our daily life and forget to be grateful. Journaling is a fantastic way to handle your emotions when you feel low, and express your gratitude for what is good in your life.
Journaling also allows you to plan effectively and set demonstrable goals. This means you will understand when your performance improves. As we have heard so many times, what gets written gets done. So, the act of journaling will help keep you more motivated. Finally, journaling captures your life’s best experiences. Journaling allows you to re-experience joyful times.
So, a simple act of writing in your journal can genuinely elevate your life.
StoryShot #12: The Pre-Sleep Ritual
When we talk about getting up at 5:00 AM, it’s impossible unless we sleep on time. We need to sleep on time and have a high-quality sleep. It is vitally important that you keep to a healthy pre-sleep ritual to ensure these two factors. Generally, this ritual should occur between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM. You should make sure that, by this time, you have had your last meal of the day. You will also want to turn off all your devices and keep them away from the bed.
Try to isolate yourself from overstimulation. From 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, you can have family time. You can have honest conversations with your loved ones, or meditate if you want. You can spend some time reading or listening to audiobooks or podcasts. The idea is to just relax and calm your mind before sleeping.
9:00 PM to 10:00 PM is when you have to prepare for your sleep. Make sure your room is cool, dark, and technology-free. You can organize your exercise gear for the following day to be ready and motivated to start your day in the right way.
And last but not least: Practice gratitude before you sleep. Doing this means you are ending your day on a high note, on a positive note.
StoryShot #13: The Amazing Day Deconstruction and The Ten Tactics of Lifelong Genius
Sharma deconstructs what a fantastic day looks like. His day starts at 4:45 AM and ends at 9:30 PM.
Different people will have different timetables, and their needs will differ. However, you can still take this as a basic guideline and reframe the structure according to your needs. By keeping what works for you, you can tremendously improve your current lifestyle.
Sharma believes there are ten tactics that you should implement for the rest of your life to sustain success. These are:
Tactic One – The Tight Bubble of Total Focus
What this means is that people who excel in their field stay away from distraction. They work in the tight bubble of total focus. In this bubble, nobody can interrupt them. To execute this, all you have to do is ensure you have a scheduled routine away from interruptions and distractions. This routine will allow you to focus on your work entirely.
Tactic Two – The 90/90/1 Rule
For the next 90 days, you should use the first 90 minutes of your work to identify one thing that could revolutionize your work. By doing this, you’ve ensured your day’s first 90 minutes is wholly focused on the single most important activity of your career. This alone will give you excellent results.
Tactic Three – The 60/10 method
After every hour of work, take a 10-minute break. Go for a quick walk, drink some water, do some stretches, and then get back to work. By doing this, you ensure you are not over-stressed. You’re not sitting in one place for long, and you refuel yourself for the day ahead.
Tactic Four – The Five Daily Concepts
You should write five goals that you want to complete on a particular day in the morning. Doing this should help every day become the best day it could be. You ensure you stay on track and move towards your ideal life.
Tactic Five – The Second-Wind Workout
We all know that workouts are crucial for us. So, why do we simply reserve them for the first half of the day? By scheduling a second workout, you can ensure you end your day on an energetic note.
Tactic Six – The Two Massage Protocols
Sharma believes it is a good idea to have two massages per week. This is because massages help you relax and gain the energy you lose throughout the week.
Tactic Seven – Traffic University
The idea is not to waste the time we spend commuting. We can accomplish so much more by utilizing this time productively. This is what Robin Sharma has called traffic university. If you are on public transport, you can use this time to think of creative ideas. If you are driving, you can listen to a podcast or an audiobook to learn as you commute.
Tactic Eight – The Dream Team Technique
We cannot accomplish what we want to accomplish without the help of others. By delegating some tasks to our team members, we can ensure everyone is doing what they are good at. So, having a dream team is a critical part of any pursuit.
Tactic Nine – The Weekly Design System
You should sit down and plan your entire week every weekend, preferably on Sunday. How does your week look like? What are the things you want to accomplish this week? What do you want to do each day?
By having this weekly plan, you can ensure you’re sticking to your goals. You can then develop this plan further by breaking those goals into five daily goals.
Tactic Ten – The 60-Minute Student
Those who are considered geniuses by society study for a minimum of 60 minutes each day. For you, it could be a book about your field or the latest update in your field. It could even be talking with your mentor. But, the idea is to learn. The moment we stop learning is the moment we stop growing.
StoryShot #14: Twin Cycles of Elite Performance
We have five assets: mental focus, physical energy, personal willpower, original talent and daily time.
We have to protect these five assets. We protect them by following this twin cycle: the high excellence cycle and deep refueling cycle.
We work with complete focus in the high excellence cycle without any distraction or interruption. And then, in the deep refueling cycle, we cool down, relax and re-energize ourselves.
StoryShot #15: Use Joy as a GPS
With this concept, the author has mentioned we can use joy to guide us on the right path. Spend time with people who spark joy in your life. You should also spend time on the pursuits and in the places that spark joy.
When you use joy as a GPS, you ensure you are happily achieving your goals.
Final Review and Analysis of The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma
Among the most successful, the morning is almost always considered the most crucial time of the day. It is a time of tranquility and opportunity. It is also the foundation for the rest of your day. So, Robin Sharma offers ten tactics, multiple habits, and several tips for elite performance. Each of these tactics, habits, and tips rely on your ability to push through the discomfort of waking up at 5 AM.
We rate this book 4.3/5.
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