I realize that title How to Become a Superhero Instantly sounds like it has nothing to do with getting up early and morning routines, but actually, it has absolutely everything to do with those things. Everything, my friend. It’s not a gimmicky title at all because yes, you will instantly become that superhero if you just hear me out. Anyone can do it. Literally anyone.
You are about to embark on your own personal superhero journey – and it starts with getting out of bed, refusing to snooze that alarm (not even once!) and facing the day like Superman or Superwoman. In this article I’m going to show you how and why you should be striving to be a superhero every day.
What Exactly is a Superhero?
When the word superhero is mentioned, what most people visualize is a guy or gal with a cape or some kind of fancy suit who has
But do we really have to get with the program? What if you can be a legit superhero even though you don’t have any super powers? The cape is optional, by the way. Getting up early is not optional for superheroes.
Depending on which dictionary you use to look up the word superhero, you get very different definitions. For example, the Google Dictionary definition that pops up at the top of search results is this:
a benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers, such as Superman.
That’s it?!? That’s all you’ve got, Google?!? I thought you were more of an out-of-the-box thinker?
The Merriam-Webster superhero definition is getting better, but still not quite there…
a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers
also : an exceptionally skillful or successful personMerriam-Webster Dictionary
The Cambridge Dictionary definition is more up my alley…
a character in stories or movies who has special powers, such as the ability to fly, that are used for fighting evil or helping people
A superhero is also a person whose actions or achievements are far greater than what people expect:
Police officers are the real superheroes.
What We Early Risers and Wannabe Early Risers Can Learn From This Definition
So long as we have actions and achievements that are far greater than what people (including yourself) expect, you are a real superhero! I hope you take a moment to digest that bit of information.
To a lot of people, getting up early is a superhero quality. I am one of those people who agree with this sentiment. You don’t have to be physically strong to be a superhero. Mentally strong is what matters most. All superheroes are courageous and take initiative in their lives.
Superheroes are those who get up early because they tend to accomplish things that are far greater than what people expect (Cambridge Dictionary’s words, not mine.) They chip away at their goals in the wee hours of the day, persistently, one day at a time. They understand that small wins each day add up to huge, impressive accomplishments after enough time has passed. If that isn’t a superhero mindset, I don’t know what is.
I truly believe people who get up early every single day, 7 days a week, are mentally stronger, and thus, more of a superhero than those who snooze the alarm. I can say this because I used to be an avid alarm snoozer and sleep ’til nooner for most of my life. I definitely felt like anything but a superhero when I had that behavior.
Now I feel stronger and more accomplished than ever. The amazing thing is that I now get more done before 8am than I used to get done all day. My actions and achievements are far greater than what I expected. Even if I decide to try to be modest and downplay my accomplishments so I don’t sound like I’m bragging, the truth is that by definition, I am a superhero whether I acknowledge it or not.
Early rising sets the stage for your the rest of the day – not to mention for your self-confidence and self-trust as well. If you keep letting yourself down day after day by laying in bed when you promised yourself you’d get up early for some Me Time or to write that book, you’re going to stop trusting and believing in yourself, and you’re going to drag yourself down for the rest of the day. And the next day. And the next… Do you see the snowball effect here?
Being a Superhero Starts in Your Mind
If you read this far, then I’m sure you are down for learning the process of how to be a real life superhero. I’ll explain that in the next section. You need a pep talk first.
You might have caught on that getting up early is part of the equation, but that, by no means, is the beginning of the equation. Getting up early is the end product, the behavioral goal that will set you on your way to accomplishing superhero feats like early morning yoga, 5am weightlifting, making killer breakfasts, and writing novels.
One does not simply get up early – not someone who has a habit of sleeping until the last possible second anyway. You have to replace that bad habit with the good habit of getting up early. You have to make the decision that enough is enough and then the new habit has to be developed and reinforced.
I was stuck on this step for years. I wanted to get up early everyday, but for some reason, I just couldn’t do it. I always talked myself out of it when the alarm went off. I always sold myself out. I could not for the life of me develop a habit of getting up early.
Then one day about a decade later I got tired of it. It was as if a switch was flipped in my head. I realized that if I didn’t change now, I would probably never change. That very next morning, I was up bright and early all on my own accord at 5:30am… for the first time in my adult life. I got some tea and stared at the sunrise and clouds. Then I meditated.
I felt like a superhero because the very act of getting up at 5:30am used to be impossible in my mind. That’s nothing special to some people, but to me it was super human.
Everyday things can make us superheroes. Moving forward and becoming better are actions of a superhero. You get to decide what makes you a superhero – that’s the beauty of it. If you say you’re a superhero, then you are.
I’ve been getting up early in the morning ever since. I repeated the same automatic wake up process every morning until it because a legit habit. I had to adjust the wake up time a little later for a while so I could slowly get used to it, but eventually I adjusted my way back to 5:30am.
Quick How-To Guide for Being a Real Life Superhero
How exactly did I suddenly go from laying in bed snoozing to getting up at 5:30am with zero snoozing? How exactly did I become a superhero? There isn’t a proper how-to. You just do it. I stopped listening to the early morning chatter inside my head when the alarm went off, and I just got up without thinking. It’s essentially the 5 Second Rule, which is a life-changing book.
If you’re fed up enough with your own bad behavior, the 5 Second Rule works. Sometimes you have to force yourself to do what you know is good for you because it’s the only way. You’ll thank yourself later. Be sure to read my previous blog post where I talk about this concept and how it helped me get out of bed.
Do You Have the Courage and Confidence to Call Yourself a Superhero?
Some people are already superheroes even if they don’t get up early (although I think everyone should get up early!), but they don’t give themselves credit for it.
Are you knocking out goals on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly basis? You’re a superhero! Are you a parent working hard day in, day out to care for your children and make a better life for them? You’re a superhero, too! I could go on and on… Countless people are superheroes and fail to see it.
Take an honest look at your achievements and give yourself credit where credit is due. Then go get up early if you’re not already so you can accomplish even more! 🙂